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IHSS

Spring 2017

in Danger Federal changes could mean cuts to home care and our benefits

Have you received an IHSS timesheet violation and need help? Call us at 1-800-621-5016 and learn more about violations at www.udwa.org/timesheets.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Dignity for All campaign aims to bring equality to IHSS providers and clients across the state

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n Riverside County, Robin Edwards earns $11.50 per hour for providing around the clock care for her client Jason, who lives with chronic kidney disease. She prepares his meals, transports him to his weekly dialysis appointments, and helps him with everyday tasks around the house.

“We’ve been waiting for a raise in Riverside County for 10 years. It’s time.” — Mieachia Cooper, UDW caregiver, Riverside County

Rose Montaño performs similar tasks for her daughter Nicolette, who lives with hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. But Rose makes less each day because she lives in San Diego County, which only pays providers $10.50 per hour.

We’re working to change this. Partnering with SEIU Local 2015, we are lobbying lawmakers to allow IHSS providers to negotiate pay and benefits with the State of California — instead of with 58 different counties. This is particularly important because earlier this year Governor Brown ended state-level bargaining for providers in 7 counties that were part of the failed Coordinated Care Initiative. “It doesn’t make sense that we make minimum wage, but

UDW caregivers Noreen Woods, Victoria Lara, and Cheryl Sevier of San Diego discussing pay equality with state lawmakers.

providers in other counties are making $11, $12 and even $13 an hour,” said Michael Patterson, an IHSS provider in Tuolumne County who cares for his client living with a neuro-muscle disorder. “If everyone bargains with the state, we can earn the same amount for the quality care that we provide.” Next steps: Join us in calling lawmakers in their districts and at the State Capital and asking them to support statewide bargaining. Call 1-855-912-7804 to be connected to your local lawmaker.

IN THIS ISSUE:

PROTECTING IHSS FROM CUTS

FIGHTING FOR EQUAL WAGES AND BENEFITS

FIXING LATE PAYCHECKS AND TIMESHEETS


Low-cost dental insurance for the whole family

IHSS in DANGER

Federal changes could mean cuts to home care and our benefits

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fter months of fighting to protect IHSS from cuts, UDW caregivers celebrated in March when the Republicanled Congress was unable to pass a health care repeal bill that would have made drastic cuts to the federal Medicaid program and IHSS.

To stop this effort, UDW caregivers made over 3,000 calls to Congress and attended town hall meetings across the state.

The failure of the health care repeal bill was a major victory, but we know Congress will try again — putting IHSS in serious danger. In addition, the Trump Administration could What repealing Obamacare could mean for you: make changes to a federal rule that allows IHSS providers to Ending free and affordable health insurance earn overtime pay.

for one-third of UDW caregivers

Placing caps on Medicaid, the federal program that funds over half of IHSS, putting home care on the chopping block again

Cutting $400 million from IHSS — putting our loved ones and the care they rely on at risk

All of these threats are why it is important that IHSS providers continue to stand together as a union. We won’t give up on our loved ones and clients without a fight! For more information about the challenges facing IHSS, go to our website: www.udwa.org.

Real Consequences “Losing IHSS would be emotionally devastating — and it could also uproot our lives,” said Wanda Quinones, a caregiver in Kern County for her son Josue, who lives with cerebral palsy. “We may have to move to Puerto Rico. We don’t have health care there, but it may be easier to get by financially than staying here.” Wanda chose home care for Josue because she wanted him to feel safe and comfortable. “I bathe him, cut his hair, prepare his meals, take him to all

his appointments, and every other daily task,” she said. “I don’t feel comfortable leaving him with someone else. I’ve heard horror stories about these care centers, and I couldn’t risk doing that to my son.”

Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid IHSS providers have been plagued with late timesheets and paychecks for years.

As a UDW member, you can save over $2,400 a year with benefits like our low-cost dental insurance through Dental Health Services. Get coverage for as low as $18/month ($50 for the whole family), and enjoy low copayments, no deductibles or waiting periods, orthodontic coverage, and a quality network of local dental offices.

Want to learn more? Call 1-877-890-7023 or visit www.dentalhealthservices.com/udw.

In March, the State Auditor released a report on their audit of the IHSS payroll system, confirming what we already know to be true — the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) could be doing a lot more to help providers avoid paycheck delays.

UDW members can also:

Some of the audit’s recommendations for CDSS:

• Get discounts on cell phone plans, and more!

• Change the timesheet rules so that a provider’s work week matches their pay period — reducing errors that lead to longer processing times

For a full list of member benefits visit www.udwa.org/ member-benefits or call 1-800-621-5016.

• Earn a FREE degree through our AFSCME Free College Benefit • Save on prescriptions with the members-only WellCard • Get a FREE $4000 death and dismemberment policy through American Income Life

• Monitor the system more closely to identify problems and correct errors right away • Develop new procedures so that the counties are consistently and proactively resolving timesheet errors Next steps: our union, UDW is sponsoring AB 237, a bill that would make key recommendations law. The state is also putting its new electronic timesheet process into place. The pilot program launches in Riverside County this month, with a statewide rollout in Summer or Fall of 2017. None of this would have happened without UDW caregivers! We put pressure on the state to develop electronic timesheets and we fought for the audit of the payroll system. Way to go! In solidarity,

Still, threats to IHSS and possible cuts to her son’s care hang over her like a black cloud. “It’s very scary,” she said. “But I’m not giving up. I believe in the work UDW and others are doing to protect our care. And I’ll never give up on my son.”

Editha Adams, caregiver and UDW President Read the full President’s Report at www.udwa.org. UDW caregivers Wanda Quinones with her son and client, Josue.


Low-cost dental insurance for the whole family

IHSS in DANGER

Federal changes could mean cuts to home care and our benefits

A

fter months of fighting to protect IHSS from cuts, UDW caregivers celebrated in March when the Republicanled Congress was unable to pass a health care repeal bill that would have made drastic cuts to the federal Medicaid program and IHSS.

To stop this effort, UDW caregivers made over 3,000 calls to Congress and attended town hall meetings across the state.

The failure of the health care repeal bill was a major victory, but we know Congress will try again — putting IHSS in serious danger. In addition, the Trump Administration could What repealing Obamacare could mean for you: make changes to a federal rule that allows IHSS providers to Ending free and affordable health insurance earn overtime pay.

for one-third of UDW caregivers

Placing caps on Medicaid, the federal program that funds over half of IHSS, putting home care on the chopping block again

Cutting $400 million from IHSS — putting our loved ones and the care they rely on at risk

All of these threats are why it is important that IHSS providers continue to stand together as a union. We won’t give up on our loved ones and clients without a fight! For more information about the challenges facing IHSS, go to our website: www.udwa.org.

Real Consequences “Losing IHSS would be emotionally devastating — and it could also uproot our lives,” said Wanda Quinones, a caregiver in Kern County for her son Josue, who lives with cerebral palsy. “We may have to move to Puerto Rico. We don’t have health care there, but it may be easier to get by financially than staying here.” Wanda chose home care for Josue because she wanted him to feel safe and comfortable. “I bathe him, cut his hair, prepare his meals, take him to all

his appointments, and every other daily task,” she said. “I don’t feel comfortable leaving him with someone else. I’ve heard horror stories about these care centers, and I couldn’t risk doing that to my son.”

Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid IHSS providers have been plagued with late timesheets and paychecks for years.

As a UDW member, you can save over $2,400 a year with benefits like our low-cost dental insurance through Dental Health Services. Get coverage for as low as $18/month ($50 for the whole family), and enjoy low copayments, no deductibles or waiting periods, orthodontic coverage, and a quality network of local dental offices.

Want to learn more? Call 1-877-890-7023 or visit www.dentalhealthservices.com/udw.

In March, the State Auditor released a report on their audit of the IHSS payroll system, confirming what we already know to be true — the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) could be doing a lot more to help providers avoid paycheck delays.

UDW members can also:

Some of the audit’s recommendations for CDSS:

• Get discounts on cell phone plans, and more!

• Change the timesheet rules so that a provider’s work week matches their pay period — reducing errors that lead to longer processing times

For a full list of member benefits visit www.udwa.org/ member-benefits or call 1-800-621-5016.

• Earn a FREE degree through our AFSCME Free College Benefit • Save on prescriptions with the members-only WellCard • Get a FREE $4000 death and dismemberment policy through American Income Life

• Monitor the system more closely to identify problems and correct errors right away • Develop new procedures so that the counties are consistently and proactively resolving timesheet errors Next steps: our union, UDW is sponsoring AB 237, a bill that would make key recommendations law. The state is also putting its new electronic timesheet process into place. The pilot program launches in Riverside County this month, with a statewide rollout in Summer or Fall of 2017. None of this would have happened without UDW caregivers! We put pressure on the state to develop electronic timesheets and we fought for the audit of the payroll system. Way to go! In solidarity,

Still, threats to IHSS and possible cuts to her son’s care hang over her like a black cloud. “It’s very scary,” she said. “But I’m not giving up. I believe in the work UDW and others are doing to protect our care. And I’ll never give up on my son.”

Editha Adams, caregiver and UDW President Read the full President’s Report at www.udwa.org. UDW caregivers Wanda Quinones with her son and client, Josue.


News from our union

4855 Seminole Drive San Diego, CA 92115 800-621-5016 udwa.org facebook.com/UDW twitter.com/UDWA

IHSS

Spring 2017

in Danger Federal changes could mean cuts to home care and our benefits

Have you received an IHSS timesheet violation and need help? Call us at 1-800-621-5016 and learn more about violations at www.udwa.org/timesheets.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Dignity for All campaign aims to bring equality to IHSS providers and clients across the state

I

n Riverside County, Robin Edwards earns $11.50 per hour for providing around the clock care for her client Jason, who lives with chronic kidney disease. She prepares his meals, transports him to his weekly dialysis appointments, and helps him with everyday tasks around the house.

“We’ve been waiting for a raise in Riverside County for 10 years. It’s time.” — Mieachia Cooper, UDW caregiver, Riverside County

Rose Montaño performs similar tasks for her daughter Nicolette, who lives with hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. But Rose makes less each day because she lives in San Diego County, which only pays providers $10.50 per hour.

We’re working to change this. Partnering with SEIU Local 2015, we are lobbying lawmakers to allow IHSS providers to negotiate pay and benefits with the State of California — instead of with 58 different counties. This is particularly important because earlier this year Governor Brown ended state-level bargaining for providers in 7 counties that were part of the failed Coordinated Care Initiative. “It doesn’t make sense that we make minimum wage, but

UDW caregivers Noreen Woods, Victoria Lara, and Cheryl Sevier of San Diego discussing pay equality with state lawmakers.

providers in other counties are making $11, $12 and even $13 an hour,” said Michael Patterson, an IHSS provider in Tuolumne County who cares for his client living with a neuro-muscle disorder. “If everyone bargains with the state, we can earn the same amount for the quality care that we provide.” Next steps: Join us in calling lawmakers in their districts and at the State Capital and asking them to support statewide bargaining. Call 1-855-912-7804 to be connected to your local lawmaker.

IN THIS ISSUE:

PROTECTING IHSS FROM CUTS

FIGHTING FOR EQUAL WAGES AND BENEFITS

FIXING LATE PAYCHECKS AND TIMESHEETS