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In-home care union says workers need more than minimum wage to survive

In-home care union says workers need more than minimum wage to survive

A union of workers who care for Kern County’s elderly and disabled say they need a pay increase to survive in the state’s costly environment. Yet the Kern County chapter of the United Domestic Workers union has been locked in a negotiating impasse with the Board of Supervisors since October 2019, unable to come to a deal over how large a pay increase the workers should see. Currently, union members receive the minimum wage of $13 per hour for providing light nursing care and housekeeping for individuals who would otherwise not be able to live in their homes. Their salaries […]

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Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2019

UDW caregivers are strong advocates for our IHSS clients – seniors and people with disabilities. That’s why every year we sponsor and support legislation that will protect and improve the IHSS program as well as the quality of life for IHSS providers and our clients. We also support legislation that promotes social justice and improves the lives of working families in our communities. BILLS WE ARE SPONSORING BILLS WE ARE SUPPORTING   OPPOSE BILLS

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March IHSS News You Can Use

March IHSS News You Can Use

Protect Our Care This year UDW caregivers have vowed to fight, protect, and win for our clients and each other. Congress is threatening to make cuts to our health care and home care while anti-home care groups like the Freedom Foundation are trying to weaken our union. But we will not back down, because we know we are stronger together. Click here to read UDW member Terry Walker-Dampier’s moving story about the importance of protecting our care. Join us on March 28th at 3 pm for a special telephone town hall to discuss these issues and more! RSVP today at […]

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State senator holds hearing in Bakersfield on ramifications of repealing ACA

State senator holds hearing in Bakersfield on ramifications of repealing ACA

By Bakersfieldnow staff, Bakersfieldnow, January 19th 2017 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina convened an informational hearing of the Senate Health Committee on Thursday in Bakersfield to show “what is at stake should the Republican Congress follow through with its repeal plans” of the Affordable Care Act, according to his office. The hearing took place in the board chambers in the County Administrative Center. Hernandez’s office says repealing the ACA would “strike a devastating blow” to the health care for millions of Californians, and the state would suffer the loss of more than 200,000 jobs. He, along […]

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Treating all work with dignity this Labor Day

Treating all work with dignity this Labor Day

It’s Labor Day weekend. For many Americans that means a three-day weekend to eat barbecue and enjoy the last days of summer with loved ones, but Labor Day represents a lot more. As we go All In for Care at the bargaining table to win better pay and benefits for caregivers, we should keep in mind the history of the holiday. Labor Day was created by union members in the late 1800s to recognize the contributions workers have made to building our country, and making it prosperous. Home care workers and other domestic workers have cared for our nation’s seniors […]

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