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Demanding dignity and respect for spouse and parent home care providers

Demanding dignity and respect for spouse and parent home care providers

My husband Leon is 69 years old and lives with COPD and cirrhosis of the liver. My full-time job since 2000 has been providing him with in-home care, so he can remain in our home where he is happiest and healthiest. I’ve been a home care provider for 16 years, and for 16 years I’ve worried about what would happen if an unexpected tragedy struck my family. One of my biggest fears is my husband passing away. I would be grief stricken, and because I don’t qualify for unemployment, I would also have no financial safety net while I searched […]

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Caregivers win audit of IHSS payroll system

Caregivers win audit of IHSS payroll system

Yesterday, UDW caregivers joined Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez at a Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearing at the Capitol to request an audit of the IHSS timesheet system. After hearing testimony and comments from providers and home care recipients, the committee voted unanimously (11 to 0) to begin an audit of the system to find out what’s wrong, so it can be fixed. Far too many IHSS providers know what it’s like to wait days, weeks, or months for a late paycheck. We know what it’s like to set our household budget for the month, only to have it thrown off completely […]

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Update on our work to improve the IHSS payroll system

Update on our work to improve the IHSS payroll system

Late paychecks and timesheets impact our ability to provide for ourselves and our families. Many UDW caregivers have expressed frustrations with the IHSS timesheet process, and our union heard us. We’ve been working on ways to update the process and make it easier for IHSS providers to receive our hard earned paychecks in a timely manner. Right now, we’re working on approval of an audit of the IHSS timesheet system that would determine what is and what isn’t working, and how it can work better for providers. A legislative hearing will be held at the Capitol on May 25th, and […]

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Important update: New overtime exemption for providers with multiple clients

Important update: New overtime exemption for providers with multiple clients

For the last two years, UDW has been urging the state to develop a special exemptions process to ensure that overtime is a great benefit for all IHSS providers and our clients. We are excited to announce the Extraordinary Circumstances Exemption, designed to help eligible IHSS providers who do not qualify for the Categorical Exemption. This exemption is for providers with two or more clients who need more than 66 hours per week of care combined. Providers who qualify will be allowed to work up to 12 hours per day, up to 360 hours per month combined for all of […]

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Working Californians win the Fight for $15

April 4, 2016 Today, we took a big step forward in our fight for justice for home care workers and families. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), which creates a plan to raise California’s minimum wage incrementally to $15 by 2022, and provides all workers with paid sick days. “We must bring balance to an unbalanced system,” said the governor minutes before he signed the bill. For home care providers, including UDW’s 92,000 IHSS workers, this new law will have a monumental impact. Currently, we make on average just $10.71 an hour, and work without […]

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