Immigration Reform

Homecare community takes action on May Day for immigrant rights

May 1st marked May Day – otherwise known as International Workers’ Day.  But what is this day all about? May Day is when workers, progressives, union members and activists pull together to re-energize the fight for our communities.  This year, marches and rallies across America focused on the need to fix our country’s broken immigration system.  It’s about keeping families together, ending worker exploitation and bringing millions of people out of the shadows. “Immigration reform is about dignity, freedom and respect,” said AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes, who joined us for a 4-mile march through San Diego.  Laura is one of […]

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Celebrating Maria’s 100 year journey to citizenship

Celebrating Maria's 100 year journey to citizenship

Español Maria Mejia is an amazing 100 year old IHSS care recipient who recently received her U.S. citizenship.  The UDW provider community celebrated with her at a special membership meeting and reception, where she told us more about her life and memories. [read more] My name is Maria Mejia.  I was born 100 years ago on Christmas Day in El Salvador. Today I live in Modesto with my daughter,  who takes care of me through the IHSS program.  I live very peacefully. I love to do work around home and watch TV.  I used to make nets for fisherman to […]

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UDW providers rally for immigration reform in San Diego

By Cynthia McCabe, AFSCME International March 16, 2013 SAN DIEGO – Workers tired of the nation’s 11 million immigrants being exploited for labor then left out of the American Dream came from across Southern California to raise their voices and call for comprehensive immigration reform. “The time is now to fix our broken immigration system,” Pres. Lee Saunders told the cheering crowd gathered outside a local church for an afternoon of activism and testimonials from immigrant workers and students. Joining him were Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Rep. Juan Vargas of California. Saunders urged the hundreds in attendance Saturday […]

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Orange County rallies for citizenship and immigration reform

  Former UDW President Laura Reyes spoke at a citizenship and immigration reform rally and press conference at the steps of Anaheim City Hall, attended by many UDW members.

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Labor council backs homecare wage increase and immigration reform

Redwood Times  Humboldt County February 26, 2012 Last week the Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte counties unanimously adopted resolutions of support for local In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers and for comprehensive immigration reform. ”Our members stand in solidarity with caregivers struggling for fair wages and respect on the job, neither of which they are currently getting from the county” said Central Labor Council president Mark Greenleaf. The IHSS resolution calls on the county board of supervisors to resolve negotiations by immediately accepting a settlement proposal put forward by the California United Homecare Workers union. The resolution on […]

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