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Summer 2017

IHSS electronic timesheets are here! UDW members continue to fight against $400 million in cuts to IHSS As home care providers, we know how crucial IHSS is to seniors and people with disabilities in California. When Congress moved this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), they crafted a replacement bill that would result in a third of UDW caregivers ultimately losing health coverage.

The bill would also, according to a memo from the California Department of Health Care Services released in June, slash $400 million from IHSS. UDW members sprang into action to protect IHSS, and this summer we launched the Cuts Hurt California campaign to shine a spotlight on the devastating effects cutting IHSS would have on our families and communities. Our interactive new website, www.CutsHurtCA.com, shares our stories and urges the public to contact the legislators who support cutting IHSS.

UDW fought for and won this new option to speed up paychecks

Across the country, people like us are standing up for Medicaid and programs like IHSS — and thanks to us, Congress is having trouble getting the votes they need to repeal our health care. As of July 20, 2017, when this issue went to print, the Senate had delayed their vote on the repeal yet again. But the status of the bill could change at any minute. Standing together as a union of thousands of home care providers gives us a voice we wouldn’t have alone. We are stronger together. And we will continue to use that strength to fight for IHSS and the clients we serve. Rose Montaño is just one of many home care providers whose clients’ lives would be devastated by cuts to IHSS. Learn more at www.CutsHurtCA.com

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

LATEST ON IHSS PAY RAISES

PROTECTING HOME CARE FROM CUTS

YOUR MEMBER BENEFITS


IHSS ELECTRONIC TIMESHEETS ARE HERE!

Latest on IHSS wage increases Governor Brown’s 2017-2018 state budget, which was signed into law in June, gives us a better chance to negotiate wages with our counties up to $1.10/hour over the state’s minimum wage.

UDW fought for and won this new option to speed up paychecks

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he electronic timesheet option we fought for is now a reality, and many IHSS caregivers are excited about the change. The electronic timesheet system is still new, but we believe it will help reduce the time providers spend waiting for our paychecks. “I have five clients, which means I have to fill out and turn in five different paper timesheets,” said provider Norma Rea of Madera County. “Online timesheets will be less of a hassle.” Providers in the first three counties to use the new system have reported positive experiences. Amy Cabarse, who cares for her father in Riverside County, got a chance to try the new system for the first time in June. She found using the electronic timesheet safe, secure and convenient. “It’s very easy,” said Cabarse, “You don’t have to worry about losing your timesheet. You open up your laptop and it’s already there.” Electronic timesheets became available in the first three counties in June, and will be rolling out statewide in the coming months. Stay updated at www.udwa.org/onlinetimesheets.

New IHSS electronic timesheets at a glance:

· Allow you to:

√ Have your client review and sign electronically · Are currently being used in Riverside, Yolo, and Sacramento Counties, and will be rolled out statewide in the coming months. · Phase 1 will roll out in Butte, Kern, Placer, San Diego, and Stanislaus Counties this month!

• The Union Plus Personal Loan Program Take control of your financial future by consolidating your higher-interest credit cards and revolving debts. With the Union Plus Personal Loan, you can reduce debt once and for all — and prepare yourself for a better future. • Hearing Care When it comes to hearing care, early detection and intervention is important. Hearing loss can negatively affect quality of life for all members of the family. Register with Hear In America to get a free annual hearing exam and discounts on hearing aids.

For more information or to see a full list of your discounts and benefits, visit www.udwa.org/member-benefits.

√ Get paid faster √ Track timesheet and payment status

We are pleased to announce the following new and updated UDW member benefits:

• Free College Benefit The Free AFSCME College Benefit launched last year, and now there are even more programs in which you can earn a free two-year degree. Learn more by visiting freecollege.afscme.org.

· Are optional — you can still use paper timesheets if you prefer.

√ Request a new timesheet

Learn more at www.udwa.org/onlinetimesheets

In the past, IHSS home care providers have struggled to win wage increases in counties where the Board of Supervisors insisted there was not enough money. The new budget gives us more tools to hold counties accountable and help us win wage and benefit increases.

· Enter and submit timesheets online using smartphones, tablets, computers, or laptops.

√ Review previous timesheets up to the last three months

UDW members Claire Kaufman and Cindy Wilson testified in front of state lawmakers earlier this year in support of the new electronic timesheet option for IHSS. In addition to electronic timesheets, UDW has been fighting for other improvements to the IHSS payroll system to reduce paycheck delays.

This is good news in our fight for better wages and benefits!

New UDW member benefits

UDW providers in San Diego County fight for increased wages.

However, we do not automatically get the $1.10 increase — UDW caregivers must first bargain with our individual counties to win these much-needed raises. That’s where you come in! We need IHSS providers in every county to fill out our bargaining survey. Let us know what we should be fighting for and volunteer to get involved in your local bargaining campaign at www.udwa.org/bargaining. In solidarity,

Editha Adams, caregiver and UDW President

Help us fight for what matters to you: fill out our bargaining survey at www.udwa.org/bargaining


IHSS ELECTRONIC TIMESHEETS ARE HERE!

Latest on IHSS wage increases Governor Brown’s 2017-2018 state budget, which was signed into law in June, gives us a better chance to negotiate wages with our counties up to $1.10/hour over the state’s minimum wage.

UDW fought for and won this new option to speed up paychecks

T

he electronic timesheet option we fought for is now a reality, and many IHSS caregivers are excited about the change. The electronic timesheet system is still new, but we believe it will help reduce the time providers spend waiting for our paychecks. “I have five clients, which means I have to fill out and turn in five different paper timesheets,” said provider Norma Rea of Madera County. “Online timesheets will be less of a hassle.” Providers in the first three counties to use the new system have reported positive experiences. Amy Cabarse, who cares for her father in Riverside County, got a chance to try the new system for the first time in June. She found using the electronic timesheet safe, secure and convenient. “It’s very easy,” said Cabarse, “You don’t have to worry about losing your timesheet. You open up your laptop and it’s already there.” Electronic timesheets became available in the first three counties in June, and will be rolling out statewide in the coming months. Stay updated at www.udwa.org/onlinetimesheets.

New IHSS electronic timesheets at a glance:

· Allow you to:

√ Have your client review and sign electronically · Are currently being used in Riverside, Yolo, and Sacramento Counties, and will be rolled out statewide in the coming months. · Phase 1 will roll out in Butte, Kern, Placer, San Diego, and Stanislaus Counties this month!

• The Union Plus Personal Loan Program Take control of your financial future by consolidating your higher-interest credit cards and revolving debts. With the Union Plus Personal Loan, you can reduce debt once and for all — and prepare yourself for a better future. • Hearing Care When it comes to hearing care, early detection and intervention is important. Hearing loss can negatively affect quality of life for all members of the family. Register with Hear In America to get a free annual hearing exam and discounts on hearing aids.

For more information or to see a full list of your discounts and benefits, visit www.udwa.org/member-benefits.

√ Get paid faster √ Track timesheet and payment status

We are pleased to announce the following new and updated UDW member benefits:

• Free College Benefit The Free AFSCME College Benefit launched last year, and now there are even more programs in which you can earn a free two-year degree. Learn more by visiting freecollege.afscme.org.

· Are optional — you can still use paper timesheets if you prefer.

√ Request a new timesheet

Learn more at www.udwa.org/onlinetimesheets

In the past, IHSS home care providers have struggled to win wage increases in counties where the Board of Supervisors insisted there was not enough money. The new budget gives us more tools to hold counties accountable and help us win wage and benefit increases.

· Enter and submit timesheets online using smartphones, tablets, computers, or laptops.

√ Review previous timesheets up to the last three months

UDW members Claire Kaufman and Cindy Wilson testified in front of state lawmakers earlier this year in support of the new electronic timesheet option for IHSS. In addition to electronic timesheets, UDW has been fighting for other improvements to the IHSS payroll system to reduce paycheck delays.

This is good news in our fight for better wages and benefits!

New UDW member benefits

UDW providers in San Diego County fight for increased wages.

However, we do not automatically get the $1.10 increase — UDW caregivers must first bargain with our individual counties to win these much-needed raises. That’s where you come in! We need IHSS providers in every county to fill out our bargaining survey. Let us know what we should be fighting for and volunteer to get involved in your local bargaining campaign at www.udwa.org/bargaining. In solidarity,

Editha Adams, caregiver and UDW President

Help us fight for what matters to you: fill out our bargaining survey at www.udwa.org/bargaining


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

Mùa hè năm 2017

IHSS electronic timesheets are here! UDW members continue to fight against $400 million in cuts to IHSS As home care providers, we know how crucial IHSS is to seniors and people with disabilities in California. When Congress moved this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), they crafted a replacement bill that would result in a third of UDW caregivers ultimately losing health coverage.

The bill would also, according to a memo from the California Department of Health Care Services released in June, slash $400 million from IHSS. UDW members sprang into action to protect IHSS, and this summer we launched the Cuts Hurt California campaign to shine a spotlight on the devastating effects cutting IHSS would have on our families and communities. Our interactive new website, www.CutsHurtCA.com, shares our stories and urges the public to contact the legislators who support cutting IHSS.

UDW fought for and won this new option to speed up paychecks

Across the country, people like us are standing up for Medicaid and programs like IHSS — and thanks to us, Congress is having trouble getting the votes they need to repeal our health care. As of July 20, 2017, when this issue went to print, the Senate had delayed their vote on the repeal yet again. But the status of the bill could change at any minute. Standing together as a union of thousands of home care providers gives us a voice we wouldn’t have alone. We are stronger together. And we will continue to use that strength to fight for IHSS and the clients we serve. Rose Montaño is just one of many home care providers whose clients’ lives would be devastated by cuts to IHSS. Learn more at www.CutsHurtCA.com

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

LATEST ON IHSS PAY RAISES

PROTECTING HOME CARE FROM CUTS

YOUR MEMBER BENEFITS