Summer 2018 Caregiver

The President’s Report, Summer 2018

Dear Fellow IHSS Providers, As your Statewide President, I spent a big part of my summer preparing for conventions, both our UDW Constitutional Convention and the International Convention of AFSCME, which we are an affiliate of. Conventions are a lot of work for everyone involved, but the important work we do there and the wonderful fellowship we share as union members make them very special experiences. UDW’s 16th Constitutional Convention was held Jun 7-9 in San Diego. Our union’s bylaws call for conventions to be held every three years to report on what we’ve accomplished so far and prepare for […]

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IHSS Mobile Help App

UDW members have a new tool to help navigate the IHSS system—all in the palm of our hands. Our newest member benefit is a FREE app for our iPhones or Android phones that allows us to plan timesheets and avoid violations, get help with IHSS hours, contact local IHSS and UDW offices, check on paycheck status, sign up for direct deposit, access UDW member benefits, and so much more. “Very helpful and I really like having the electronic union membership card among other features. Download it!” – Heather Houston, caregiver, Sutter County To get it, simply search your app store […]

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I was about to be kicked out of IHSS for timesheet violations… so I turned to my union for help

By Donal Jones, IHSS provider in San Diego County I’ve been a caregiver for 23 years, and I’ve always enjoyed being there for others. But recently I got shocking news: I had accrued four IHSS timesheet violations for making accidental mistakes on my timesheets, and I was facing removal from the IHSS program for a year! I knew I needed someone to be there for me, so I called my union. I have three clients with a variety of needs who depend on me. But I was having issues with filling out my timesheet correctly and figuring out how to […]

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The 2018 UDW Convention was Caregiver Strong!

On June 7-9, our elected delegates gathered for our 16th Constitutional Convention under a slogan that reflects the work we do and what it takes to do it— “Caregiver Strong”. Over three days of work, planning, and drawing inspiration from each other, we set a course for UDW’s future that focuses on protecting IHSS, raising the pay and status of caregivers, and standing up for the values we share as working people. In Solidarity, Editha Adams, UDW President

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Steps to overcoming your fear of technology

Steps to overcoming your fear of technology

Excited to try out these new IHSS tools, but still anxious about using new technology? Here are some tips for getting started:  Don’t be afraid to try – If you’re a beginner, start with something small like going to the UDW website and clicking around on some links. Explore. Then you can try something a little more difficult, like downloading the IHSS Help app on your phone. Be kind to yourself – It’s OK to not be excited about new technology. Don’t be hard on yourself if you make mistakes, and try not to get discouraged. This stuff can take […]

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