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Caring for California, part 4: United for a better future

Caring for California, part 4: United for a better future

May is Labor History Month, and this year we are celebrating the contributions of organized caregivers to build and protect a quality homecare program in California. This is the final post in a four-part series. Read the full Caring for California series: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4 Part 4: United for a Better Future Despite IHSS’ unparalleled success as a safety net for Californians, there has been aggressive backlash from both county and state politicians against funding homecare in California. But in the face of attempts to divide us, we have fought side-by-side with our […]

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Tell Governor Brown: Don’t cap hours for IHSS caregivers

Tell Governor Brown: Don’t cap hours for IHSS caregivers

Last year, the Obama Administration issued a new rule that helps bridge the gap of inequality for low-wage in-home caregivers by giving them the same overtime protections as other workers and ensure the continued delivery of quality care. The Brown Administration here in California is undermining this effort by proposing a drastic cut in hours for tens of thousands of caregivers through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program – cuts that will place workers deeper in poverty and jeopardize the continuity of care seniors and people with disabilities rely on to live safely at home. Sign on, and we’ll add […]

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Caregivers win pay for medical accompaniment and travel time

Caregivers win pay for medical accompaniment and travel time

When the Obama administration altered the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) last year to include homecare workers, it meant finally recognizing caregivers for the hard work we do and granting us the same labor protections that all working Americans enjoy. But did you know that this victory is about more than just overtime pay? The FLSA rule change also means that caregivers will be paid for time spent accompanying clients to medical appointments and for time spent traveling between clients. And, unlike overtime pay, the Brown Administration is not attempting to skirt the rules and avoid paying IHSS providers for […]

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Our 2014 Priority: Protect Homecare

Our 2014 Priority: Protect Homecare

Our work as caregivers makes a difference in the lives of others. In 2014, we are working together to stop cuts to the IHSS program and to strengthen the bargaining power of caregivers. Cuts to IHSS hours worsen poverty and quality of care Despite California’s $6.3 billion unexpected surplus, the Governor’s budget continues a 7 percent cut to IHSS hours, undermining quality homecare and our ability to earn a living wage. Since many of us are already among the working poor – earning just $10.00 per hour on average – cuts to IHSS hurt California’s economy and the health and […]

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February is Black History Month. Do you know why we celebrate?

February is Black History Month. Do you know why we celebrate?

By Doug Moore When Black History Month was established in 1976, President Gerald Ford urged the nation to celebrate by honoring the accomplishments of Black Americans “in every area of endeavor throughout our history”. It is a month of celebration, recognition, and reflection. To put it simply, UDW celebrates Black history because it is our history. What do I mean by that? For starters, Black history is labor history. The workers’ rights and civil rights movements have worked side-by-side for many decades. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw the importance of recognizing the shared struggles of each movement—and was assassinated […]

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