We are excited to announce the official launch of UDW’s very own credit union on May 16 in partnership with Providence Federal Credit Union (PFCU)! Union leaders have been working with PFCU for months to create products and services designed specifically to meet our needs as caregivers and family child care providers. William Reed, UDW Secretary-Treasurer, is ready to share how this benefit can empower fellow providers.

“UDW members need and want a credit union, and together we made it happen,” said William. “Our new credit union partnership is a major new benefit that provides members a whole range of banking with services catered specifically to home care and family child care providers.”

PFCU members can count on everyday benefits like online, mobile, and phone banking services; access to 90,000 surcharge-free ATMs; free checking and savings accounts; low-interest loans specifically designed with UDW members in mind; and free financial wellness classes and counseling to help you achieve a secure financial future. PFCU also offers a second chance checking account for those of us who have struggled with our credit in the past. Our friends at PFCU are flexible and open to adjusting to our needs, especially as IHSS providers have a state-mandated deadline to register for direct deposit by July 1.

Unlike for-profit banks, our credit union is designed to put us first. Before the benefit opens to all members on May 16, William and other union leaders signed up early to test the services and customer service. He reported that working with PFCU has been a great experience.

“They’ve been very welcoming, available, and accommodating,” said William. “PFCU has made me feel like they are my bank. In a world where we are pulling away from person-to-person contact, PFCU is still focusing on creating personal connections with our members.”

Desmond Prescott, District 3 Chair, also joined the credit union and has seen the difference that having a not-for-profit organization help you manage your funds can make—not only in your wallet but in your peace of mind.

“PFCU recognizes care workers and the valuable work we do, and creates products specifically with us in mind,” he said. “They value our work and care to protect the money we work so hard for.”

Desmond was amazed by the speedy response he’s had throughout his enrollment process and the variety of services PFCU offers our members, from low-interest loans catering to caregivers, to a financial wellness program personalized to your specific financial goals, and access to low-interest credit. There was one benefit that made the biggest impact on Desmond, so far.

“My favorite PFCU service was the low-interest balance transfer!” He said. “I was able to transfer my balance from a 25% interest credit card to PFCU at only 4% interest. I did the calculations, and this one benefit is saving me thousands of dollars.”

UDW members work hard, and we deserve a members-first financial institution that will work for us and give us the exceptional service, easy access, and quality products that we deserve!

To become a member or learn more visitwww.providencecu.org/UDW or call 1-888-849-5189.

The Caregiver Officially Renamed to UDW News!

Thank you to the hundreds of UDW members who participated in our renaming contest and congratulations to our winner: Tu Le of Orange County! We are so excited to begin this new chapter with a more inclusive name that better represents all UDW members.


UDW OFFICES ARE OPEN AGAIN!

Please continue to wear masks until further notice. Need PPE? Call ahead to see what’s available (find your local office number at www.udwa.org/contact).


TOOLS FOR FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

Learn about important resources for you and your family
Across the country, we are seeing higher costs for food, gas, electricity, housing, and all other essentials. For those of us making close to minimum wage, rising costs are digging even deeper holes into our pockets—but your union is here for you! Check out the programs and resources below to see how you can get help during these challenging times.

UDW’S Credit Union
Rebuild your credit, enjoy low rates, get free financial counseling, and more.

Learn more below!

CalSavers
Financially prepare for retirement by accessing a professionally managed retirement savings program for Californians who have no employer- based retirement plan. Family child care providers who are self-employed and most IHSS providers can opt-in to the program.
saver.calsavers.com • 1-855-650-6918

AFSCME Free College
Earn a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree online at no cost to you through the AFSCME Free College Benefit. Visit freecollege.afscme.org to learn more.

Enjoy other cost-saving benefits like a prescription and health care discount card, low-cost dental, medical bill negotiating service, and more at udwa.org/member-benefits.

CalAble

Save for disability-related expenses by contributing up to $16,000 a year to a CalABLE account without jeopardizing benefits like SSI and Medicaid. CalABLE accounts may be opened by or on behalf of an eligible individual.

CalAble Eligibility:

In all cases, the blindness or disability must have occurred before age 26.
www.calable.ca.gov 833-225-2253 [email protected]
IHSS CAREER PATHWAYS PROGRAM
You can expand your skills and earn extra cash, thanks to a new initiative that will give IHSS providers training to enhance skills and career opportunities. Participants will get paid for the time in training and may qualify for additional, one-time incentive payments for completing training in particular areas.

*Coming in Fall 2022. More information available soon.
Foodbanks

Three Ways to Find a Food Distribution Site or Foodbank Near You

  1. Reach out to your local UDW office or the Member Benefit Center at 800-621-5016 and ask about any upcoming food distributions event they may be planning.
  2. Visit www.cafoodbanks.org/our-members your local food banks.
  3. For immediate assistance, call 2-1-1, open 27/7, to speak with someone about services in your area.

CalFresh

California’s Food Stamp Program Provides up to $250*/month per household member

*Benefit amounts have increased due to the pandemic. Eligibility is based on income. Those with SSI/SSP may also be eligible.

CalFresh Income Guidelines

Effective until September 30, 2022

Household SizeMonthly Income
1$2,148
2$2,904
3$3,660
4$4,418
5$5,174
6$5,930
7$6,688
8$7,444

(Add $758 for each member after 8)

getcalfresh.org  |  1-877-847-3663

Dear fellow UDW members,

I am so excited to announce the official launch of UDW’s very own credit union on May 16!
We are partnering with Providence Federal Credit Union (PFCU) to create products and services designed specifically to meet our needs as caregivers and family child care providers. Unlike for-profit banks, our credit union is designed to put us first. PFCU members can expect day-to-day benefits like 90,000 surcharge-free ATMs, free checking and savings accounts, second-chance checking accounts for those of us who have struggled with our credit in the past, low-interest loans specifically designed with UDW members in mind, and free financial wellness classes and counseling to help you achieve a secure financial future.

UDW members work hard. We deserve a members-first financial institution that will work for us.
To become a member or learn more visit www.providencecu.org/PFCU-UDW or call 1-888-849-5189.

In solidarity,
Editha Adams
UDW Statewide President

MEMBERS SPRING INTO ACTION

  1. UDW members gathered in Montgomery, Alabama to walk an 11-mile leg of a 50-mile march in honor of the 57th anniversary of the Selma-to- Montgomery march, originally led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of non-violent demonstrators fighting for voting rights. Read about our journey at: https://bit.ly/UDWSelma.

  2. We did it! Congratulations to UDW members in Santa Barbara and Imperial Counties, who after countless negotiations, rallying at the Board of Supervisors, and speaking out and sharing their stories, finally won new contracts with wage and benefit increases! We’re bargaining in several counties this year and need all the help we can get—reach out to your local office to find out how you can get involved.

  3. Kern County UDW members joined forces with our allies to gather and deliver nearly 30,000 signatures in support of term limits for county elected officials, giving new leaders who support, value, and respect IHSS providers a seat at the table. “This Board of Supervisors has shown us they don’t prioritize good jobs and our economy is suffering because of it,” said UDW member and term limits proponent, Sandy Moreno. “We deserve leadership that reflects all of us and invests in our local economies.”

  4. Our country’s early childhood education system is broken, and family child care providers are taking the lead to fix it. UDW member Miren Algorri (middle right) spoke to over 50 members of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) in March. “I am asking that the federal government take action and bring forth a comprehensive early childhood education plan that funds child care for all families who need it,” she said.

  5. Members have stepped into the spotlight during UDW’s Facebook Live roundtables to lead candid conversations about race, gender, and labor. In February, members talked about their lives as Black caregivers and family child care providers and how the fight for care worker rights are inextricably linked with the struggle for Black liberation.
  6. In Orange County, family child care provider Virginia Hernandez and IHSS provider Angie Nguyen were recognized during Women’s History Month by local elected leaders and community members for their work caring for others. Angie was named a Woman Making a Difference by Supervisor Katrina Foley while Virginia was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg. Congratulations!

SUPPLEMENTAL PAY RATIFICATION FOR CCPU

Supplemental pay for family child care providers is finally here!

After months of work, thousands of phone calls to the state demanding they expedite the payment process, and a union vote ratifying the disbursement proposal, family child care providers are finally set to receive supplemental pay!

“I’m so excited for supplemental pay because the $10,000 will allow me to make improvements to my backyard, build my outdoor classroom, and help me continue providing the best care for the children I serve.”

These funds are part of the $144.5 million CCPU-UDW won in negotiations last year. This year, eligible family child care providers with large licenses will receive $10,000; small licenses will receive $8,000; and family, friend and neighbor providers, also known as license-exempt, will receive $1,500. Next year, payments will be disbursed monthly in amounts that will be determined in July 2022.

To be eligible for these funds this fiscal year, licensed child care providers must have had at least one subsidized child in their care for three months between May and October 2021. License-exempt providers must have had at least one subsidized child in their care between August and October 2021.

The state began disbursing the funds in April 2022 and should complete payouts within the next few months. If you believe you qualify to receive supplemental funds but have not received any notification, please contact CCPU- UDW at 888-226-7510 to find out next steps.


As a union of 145,000 home care and family child care providers, the majority of whom are women and people of color, we believe that any attempt to take away rights or deny access to health care is unacceptable.

And make no mistake: reproductive care is health care.

With the announcement that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, women, trans people, and non-binary people are under attack. Haven’t women, especially women of color, taken on enough burdens for this country?  We will not be silent while our fundamental right to control our own bodies is at stake.

With this ruling, SCOTUS could be paving the way to overturn other long-protected individual freedoms. What’s next? Our voting rights? Marriage equality? We know one thing for sure: now is the time to hold our elected leaders accountable to their promises to protect our rights. Voting is just the first step, and we must make our voices heard every step of the way.

At UDW we believe that health care and privacy are human rights. We will fight any attempt to diminish or deny these rights.

It’s not news that our work as care providers and family child care providers is just as stressful as it is rewarding. We find ourselves often confronting difficult choices and lacking much time for ourselves and our self-care.

We hear it all the time— “You can’t pour from an empty cup. You need to do all these things to take care of yourself.” We hear these things so often that many times we shrug them off, because how can we take care of ourselves when so much responsibility rests on our shoulders?

Caring for others is in our nature and as hard as it may be, we need to learn to prioritize and care for ourselves, as well. Stress can lead to burnout and increased risk of conditions like heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease, so prioritizing our needs and our health is one way we can prolong our well-being and continue providing quality care. Our time and responsibilities as care providers may limit our self-care options. For us, self-care may not mean spending hours at the gym or in a resort but creating even small pockets of time that allow for us to unwind and destress. Everyone’s schedule and availability are different, and sometimes all we have is five minutes to ourselves. Here are five ways to help you cope with stress in five minutes or less:

  1. Move your body!
    This can mean a quick walk around the block, a dance-off in your living room, or a quick stretch. Set a timer and get moving!
  2. Go outside
    Sit, stand, walk, or run, spend your time in nature in whichever way you choose. Getting a few breaths of fresh air, standing in the sun for a few minutes, and changing the scenery can have a profound effect on your stress levels and drastically improve your mood.
  3. Mediate
    Mediation is not limited to sitting in silence. Many people practice various techniques that help them control their breathing and become more mindful of their body and it’s needs. Here are four ways you can dive into meditation:
    • Box Breathing
      Find a quiet place. Close your eyes. Start to slow down your breath. Picture a box and think of each side as a motion of your breath. Follow the following:

      Inhale on a slow count of 4
      Hold your breath at the top for 4
      Exhale through the nose for 4
      Hold empty at the bottom for 4
    • Journal
      Set a five-minute timer at the beginning of your day or right before bed and write whatever comes to mind! Whether it’s about your day, how you feel, or your dreams, journaling can help reduce stress, boost your mood, evoke mindfulness, and help you strengthen emotional health.
    • Listen to a soothing song
      Choose a soothing song, close your eyes, tune into the melody. Pay close attention to the instruments, words, harmonies, and lose yourself in the song. Take this time to relax your muscles, from your jaw to your ankles. Music is a great way to help quiet your mind and release pent-up tension in your body.
    • 5-4-3-2-1 method
      Use this method to help you practice mindfulness. Slow your breathing and identify the following for each of your senses:
      • 5 things you see
      • 4 things you can touch around you
      • 3 things you can hear
      • 2 things you can smell
      • 1 thing you can taste
  4. Hang out with a furry friend
    Take a quick break and snuggle up next to your best fur-iend (furry friend). Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Don’t have a pet of your own? That’s okay! Take a few minutes to sit outside and look for your neighborhood birds. Listen to them sing and flutter through the trees.
  5. Get a good laugh
    Take a quick break and look up a few cute or funny videos online. It can be a quick compilation of America’s Funniest Home Videos, or cats playing the keys—whatever lights up your day and brings a smile to your face. Laughter, even smiling, has been proven to help reduce stress.

Whichever way you choose to take a moment to yourself is a great start! District 4 Vice Chair, Florence “Corie” Crowson, said it best, “You may be a hero, but even heroes can ask for help and support.”

Karen Clark started babysitting at just eight years old in her hometown of Lompoc. Those early experiences sparked a love of caring for children that set Karen on a path across the globe to guide generations of children into adulthood with her special blend of love, creativity, and immersion in the natural world.

As a teenager, Karen continued her babysitting work while also working at a local horse farm. But as busy as she was in high school, she also found time to fall in love—Karen and her husband Bobby were high school sweethearts who married right after high school. The young couple left California when Bobby enlisted in the Air Force.

To keep connected to the profession she loved, Karen had to overcome logistical challenges. Because there were no child care facilities near where they were stationed in Germany, she drove across the border to work at a child care in Holland for over a year. One day, a neighbor gave her the idea to open a child care in her home for the families living on the base. She’d never had her own business before, much less in another country, but over her three years working from the base, she launched a successful business model that fit the needs of children and their families—as well as Karen’s need to pursue work she loved. 

“I couldn’t see myself in an office filing all day,” Karen says, “I like going outside and playing in the parachute! I really can’t see myself doing anything else. It’s enjoyable, sometimes scary, but it’s all worth it.”

After four years abroad, they moved back to the United States. They lived for a few years in Mississippi and eventually found their way back to California, adopting four children along the way. Like many family child care providers, Karen learned that opening up her home to other children was the best way to work while also caring for her own kids.

Now settled on a large plot of land in their hometown of Lompoc, Karen—with help and support from Bobby—has been able to take her creative approach to teaching children to a whole new level.  The kids have seen caterpillars turn into butterflies, raised chicks, guinea pigs, and rabbits, planted and harvested fruits and veggies, and even helped tend to Karen’s horses. Every day is a new adventure, and Karen enjoys every moment. 

Twenty years after returning to Lompoc, Karen continues to serve the families in her community, cherishing every child she’s entrusted with as an extension of her own family. She takes great pride in creating lesson plans that fit each age group, making accommodations for any child that may need alternative forms of learning, and dedicating extra time to those who need it. They spend their days together, learning and growing.

“It’s all about love,” Karen says. “You give it, and you get it back. I love the interaction; I love watching the kids in my care grow up, and I love seeing the awe in their eyes when they see something they’ve never seen before.”

The Life-Changing Power of Getting Involved in Your Union

It’s a well-known fact that having a union can help you earn better pay and benefits. But getting active in your union can help you in other ways, too. Through our union, members learn how to make important changes in our communities—and how to use that training to help ourselves in other areas of our lives.

Becoming an active union member can help you:

Miren Algorri, Family Child Care Provider, San Diego

Being so active in the union has helped me stay strong and stay focused. At times things get too hard to go on, but then you have your sisters and brothers that are the for you and they become a shoulder to cry on. They listen and offer guidance. They take matters into their own hands and give you the tools to keep on going. If we’re together, we are invincible. 

Desmond Prescott, IHSS Provider, Riverside 

The racial and civil rights councils have helped me to speak with a little bit more conviction and brought about a lot of clarity as to why the condition of homeware providers is what it is today…Once you start to see the systematic oppression and systematic ways in which providers were cut out of the legislation process, it gives you a larger understanding and ideas to what you can do daily to create change.

Josefina Ochoa, IHSS Provider, Merced County

“Being active within the union has made me stronger and has educated me very well in how to best approach local political leaders to better advocate for myself and for my community. It’s also helped me get involved with other groups in the community that are in similar situations and fighting for rights to protect the health of our clients.”

William Reed, PhD, Secretary Treasurer UDW, IHSS provider, Placer County

“Being an active part of the union has given me the forum to speak to others about the difficulties I faced as a provider, as well as a parent of a disabled son. It has also helped me reach out to a wider audience as a leader, connected me to other organizations and has broadened my knowledge not only about the IHSS program, but in about how laws are passed and how organizations interact to create change. Ultimately, it’s helped me see how I can make a significant difference through my actions.”

There are several ways you can get involved, whether it’s through our many councils, volunteering at events, becoming a graduate of our Leadership Academy, or by sharing your story with others. So, what are you waiting for?! We are taking on big challenges in 2022 and there are many opportunities for you to learn, lead and grow. Visit www.udwa.org/get-involved and sign up to learn more.

CCPU-UDW members rally for health care

After months of bargaining with the state to improve provider access to quality, affordable health care benefits, child care providers are increasingly frustrated that the state has failed to make any progress to address providers’ access to affordable health care.

So, on December 7, members of CCPU-UDW joined family child care providers from across the state in a candlelight vigil for our fellow providers who lost their lives due to inadequate health coverage, demanding that the state take immediate action to protect these essential workers.

In a recent survey, 20% of CCPU members reported that they don’t have health insurance of any kind and 50% said they had to skip appointments or treatments because their healthcare premiums were too high. The survey also exposed the dire consequences for child care providers with no health coverage: One provider broke a bone while caring for young people, and couldn’t afford the cost of a cast; as a result, her bone healed improperly. Another provider reported having to pick up a second job on the weekend just to afford a pair of eyeglasses. Many providers report putting off lifesaving preventative care such as mammograms and pap tests because of the cost.

“California is sitting on a $31 billion surplus, yet they are telling us they can’t afford to take action on our health care,” said Charlotte Neal, a family child care provider in Sacramento. “But with what we are hearing from providers, they should be asking:  How can we afford NOT to do something?”

Heroes Pay for IHSS Providers

Dear fellow providers,

Over the last year, UDW members came closer together, built a better and stronger union, and raised our voices to make historic advances for all IHSS and family child care providers. Regardless of the hurdles we met throughout 2021, UDW members continued to amaze me with your leadership and passion!

Our work, including the restoration of hours to IHSS providers and a historic contract ratification with the state of California for family child care providers, has encouraged legislators to recognize just how valuable our work is to the community—not just with words, but through actions.

UDW fought hard for the recognition of our members, and last September, when the current administration increased funding for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), we made sure that it included provisions to give IHSS providers what we’re calling Heroes Pay: a one-time payment of $500 to any IHSS provider who worked a minimum of two months between March 2020 and March 2021, to be distributed in early 2022. The state already began disbursing the funds, which they are calling “Care Economy Payments,” as of Jan. 3, 2022, and should complete payouts by Jan. 28, 2022.

IHSS caregivers provide invaluable care to vulnerable and at-risk Californians daily and this one-time payment is the least that the state can do to support our efforts through this pandemic. This shows just how far we have come and that our voices are being heard and making an impact. Of course, we have a long way to go before reaching an equitable and sustainable future for all care providers, so we must keep looking forward and fighting for what we deserve!

Thank you for your tremendous work in leading us one step further on this journey to a future that respects and recognizes all UDW members as essential, front-line workers.

In solidarity,

Editha Adams
IHSS provider and UDW Statewide President

Help us rename The Caregiver and win $100!

Now that our union includes caregivers and family child care providers, we’re changing the name of our newsletter to be more inclusive—but we need to hear from you! All UDW members are welcome to submit name ideas, and every member who submits will be entered to win a gift card for $100. All entries must be received by March 1, 2022. Visit www.udwa.org/caregiver-contest to enter today!

The Life-Changing Power of Getting Involved in Your Union

It’s a well-known fact that having a union can help you earn better pay and benefits. But getting active in your union can help you in other ways, too. Through our union, members learn how to make important changes in our communities—and how to use that training to help ourselves in other areas of our lives.

Becoming an active union member can help you:

Miren Algorri, Family Child Care Provider, San Diego

Being so active in the union has helped me stay strong and stay focused. At times things get too hard to go on, but then you have your sisters and brothers that are the for you and they become a shoulder to cry on. They listen and offer guidance. They take matters into their own hands and give you the tools to keep on going. If we’re together, we are invincible. 

Desmond Prescott, IHSS Provider, Riverside 

The racial and civil rights councils have helped me to speak with a little bit more conviction and brought about a lot of clarity as to why the condition of homeware providers is what it is today…Once you start to see the systematic oppression and systematic ways in which providers were cut out of the legislation process, it gives you a larger understanding and ideas to what you can do daily to create change.

Josefina Ochoa, IHSS Provider, Merced County

“Being active within the union has made me stronger and has educated me very well in how to best approach local political leaders to better advocate for myself and for my community. It’s also helped me get involved with other groups in the community that are in similar situations and fighting for rights to protect the health of our clients.”

William Reed, PhD, Secretary Treasurer UDW, IHSS provider, Placer County

“Being an active part of the union has given me the forum to speak to others about the difficulties I faced as a provider, as well as a parent of a disabled son. It has also helped me reach out to a wider audience as a leader, connected me to other organizations and has broadened my knowledge not only about the IHSS program, but in about how laws are passed and how organizations interact to create change. Ultimately, it’s helped me see how I can make a significant difference through my actions.”

There are several ways you can get involved, whether it’s through our many councils, volunteering at events, becoming a graduate of our Leadership Academy, or by sharing your story with others. So, what are you waiting for?! We are taking on big challenges in 2022 and there are many opportunities for you to learn, lead and grow. Visit www.udwa.org/get-involved and sign up to learn more.

CCPU-UDW members rally for health care

After months of bargaining with the state to improve provider access to quality, affordable health care benefits, child care providers are increasingly frustrated that the state has failed to make any progress to address providers’ access to affordable health care.

So, on December 7, members of CCPU-UDW joined family child care providers from across the state in a candlelight vigil for our fellow providers who lost their lives due to inadequate health coverage, demanding that the state take immediate action to protect these essential workers.

In a recent survey, 20% of CCPU members reported that they don’t have health insurance of any kind and 50% said they had to skip appointments or treatments because their healthcare premiums were too high. The survey also exposed the dire consequences for child care providers with no health coverage: One provider broke a bone while caring for young people, and couldn’t afford the cost of a cast; as a result, her bone healed improperly. Another provider reported having to pick up a second job on the weekend just to afford a pair of eyeglasses. Many providers report putting off lifesaving preventative care such as mammograms and pap tests because of the cost.

“California is sitting on a $31 billion surplus, yet they are telling us they can’t afford to take action on our health care,” said Charlotte Neal, a family child care provider in Sacramento. “But with what we are hearing from providers, they should be asking:  How can we afford NOT to do something?”

Heroes Pay for IHSS Providers

Dear fellow providers,

Over the last year, UDW members came closer together, built a better and stronger union, and raised our voices to make historic advances for all IHSS and family child care providers. Regardless of the hurdles we met throughout 2021, UDW members continued to amaze me with your leadership and passion!

Our work, including the restoration of hours to IHSS providers and a historic contract ratification with the state of California for family child care providers, has encouraged legislators to recognize just how valuable our work is to the community—not just with words, but through actions.

UDW fought hard for the recognition of our members, and last September, when the current administration increased funding for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), we made sure that it included provisions to give IHSS providers what we’re calling Heroes Pay: a one-time payment of $500 to any IHSS provider who worked a minimum of two months between March 2020 and March 2021, to be distributed in early 2022. The state already began disbursing the funds, which they are calling “Care Economy Payments,” as of Jan. 3, 2022, and should complete payouts by Jan. 28, 2022.

IHSS caregivers provide invaluable care to vulnerable and at-risk Californians daily and this one-time payment is the least that the state can do to support our efforts through this pandemic. This shows just how far we have come and that our voices are being heard and making an impact. Of course, we have a long way to go before reaching an equitable and sustainable future for all care providers, so we must keep looking forward and fighting for what we deserve!

Thank you for your tremendous work in leading us one step further on this journey to a future that respects and recognizes all UDW members as essential, front-line workers.

In solidarity,

Editha Adams
IHSS provider and UDW Statewide President

Help us rename The Caregiver and win $100!

Now that our union includes caregivers and family child care providers, we’re changing the name of our newsletter to be more inclusive—but we need to hear from you! All UDW members are welcome to submit name ideas, and every member who submits will be entered to win a gift card for $100. All entries must be received by March 1, 2022. Visit www.udwa.org/caregiver-contest to enter today!

The Life-Changing Power of Getting Involved in Your Union

It’s a well-known fact that having a union can help you earn better pay and benefits. But getting active in your union can help you in other ways, too. Through our union, members learn how to make important changes in our communities—and how to use that training to help ourselves in other areas of our lives.

Becoming an active union member can help you:

Miren Algorri, Family Child Care Provider, San Diego

Being so active in the union has helped me stay strong and stay focused. At times things get too hard to go on, but then you have your sisters and brothers that are the for you and they become a shoulder to cry on. They listen and offer guidance. They take matters into their own hands and give you the tools to keep on going. If we’re together, we are invincible. 

Desmond Prescott, IHSS Provider, Riverside 

The racial and civil rights councils have helped me to speak with a little bit more conviction and brought about a lot of clarity as to why the condition of homeware providers is what it is today…Once you start to see the systematic oppression and systematic ways in which providers were cut out of the legislation process, it gives you a larger understanding and ideas to what you can do daily to create change.

Josefina Ochoa, IHSS Provider, Merced County

“Being active within the union has made me stronger and has educated me very well in how to best approach local political leaders to better advocate for myself and for my community. It’s also helped me get involved with other groups in the community that are in similar situations and fighting for rights to protect the health of our clients.”

William Reed, PhD, Secretary Treasurer UDW, IHSS provider, Placer County

“Being an active part of the union has given me the forum to speak to others about the difficulties I faced as a provider, as well as a parent of a disabled son. It has also helped me reach out to a wider audience as a leader, connected me to other organizations and has broadened my knowledge not only about the IHSS program, but in about how laws are passed and how organizations interact to create change. Ultimately, it’s helped me see how I can make a significant difference through my actions.”

There are several ways you can get involved, whether it’s through our many councils, volunteering at events, becoming a graduate of our Leadership Academy, or by sharing your story with others. So, what are you waiting for?! We are taking on big challenges in 2022 and there are many opportunities for you to learn, lead and grow. Visit www.udwa.org/get-involved and sign up to learn more.

CCPU-UDW members rally for health care

After months of bargaining with the state to improve provider access to quality, affordable health care benefits, child care providers are increasingly frustrated that the state has failed to make any progress to address providers’ access to affordable health care.

So, on December 7, members of CCPU-UDW joined family child care providers from across the state in a candlelight vigil for our fellow providers who lost their lives due to inadequate health coverage, demanding that the state take immediate action to protect these essential workers.

In a recent survey, 20% of CCPU members reported that they don’t have health insurance of any kind and 50% said they had to skip appointments or treatments because their healthcare premiums were too high. The survey also exposed the dire consequences for child care providers with no health coverage: One provider broke a bone while caring for young people, and couldn’t afford the cost of a cast; as a result, her bone healed improperly. Another provider reported having to pick up a second job on the weekend just to afford a pair of eyeglasses. Many providers report putting off lifesaving preventative care such as mammograms and pap tests because of the cost.

“California is sitting on a $31 billion surplus, yet they are telling us they can’t afford to take action on our health care,” said Charlotte Neal, a family child care provider in Sacramento. “But with what we are hearing from providers, they should be asking:  How can we afford NOT to do something?”

Heroes Pay for IHSS Providers

Dear fellow providers,

Over the last year, UDW members came closer together, built a better and stronger union, and raised our voices to make historic advances for all IHSS and family child care providers. Regardless of the hurdles we met throughout 2021, UDW members continued to amaze me with your leadership and passion!

Our work, including the restoration of hours to IHSS providers and a historic contract ratification with the state of California for family child care providers, has encouraged legislators to recognize just how valuable our work is to the community—not just with words, but through actions.

UDW fought hard for the recognition of our members, and last September, when the current administration increased funding for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), we made sure that it included provisions to give IHSS providers what we’re calling Heroes Pay: a one-time payment of $500 to any IHSS provider who worked a minimum of two months between March 2020 and March 2021, to be distributed in early 2022. The state already began disbursing the funds, which they are calling “Care Economy Payments,” as of Jan. 3, 2022, and should complete payouts by Jan. 28, 2022.

IHSS caregivers provide invaluable care to vulnerable and at-risk Californians daily and this one-time payment is the least that the state can do to support our efforts through this pandemic. This shows just how far we have come and that our voices are being heard and making an impact. Of course, we have a long way to go before reaching an equitable and sustainable future for all care providers, so we must keep looking forward and fighting for what we deserve!

Thank you for your tremendous work in leading us one step further on this journey to a future that respects and recognizes all UDW members as essential, front-line workers.

In solidarity,

Editha Adams
IHSS provider and UDW Statewide President

Help us rename The Caregiver and win $100!

Now that our union includes caregivers and family child care providers, we’re changing the name of our newsletter to be more inclusive—but we need to hear from you! All UDW members are welcome to submit name ideas, and every member who submits will be entered to win a gift card for $100. All entries must be received by March 1, 2022. Visit www.udwa.org/caregiver-contest to enter today!

Magdalena Castillo cares for her 38-year-old daughter, Leticia, through the IHSS program. Leticia is the oldest of three siblings and lives with Seckel syndrome, a rare genetic condition that slows growth before and after birth, causing dwarfism, intellectual disability and, in her case, limited mobility. As a result, Leticia requires round-the-clock care.

Originally, Magdalena and her children lived in San Jose, where she worked as a clerk for the county. Magdalena’s three children attended a local daycare with help from subsidy programs. When they moved to Los Baños, Leticia attended a day program while her mother worked, and her brothers were in school. But when Leticia could no longer attend the day program, Magdalena knew something had to change.

Then, 17 years ago, she heard about IHSS.

At first it seemed too good to be true, but once she learned more, she decided to give it a try. Leticia deserved an active and engaged life, and Magdalena knew she could provide her with those opportunities—and now she could do just that, while still supporting her family.

Magdalena joined the union right away because she knew it was invaluable to have a strong union supporting her and her fellow workers.

Low IHSS wages certainly made it difficult for her as a single mother of three, but she made it work. Her boys eventually grew up and joined the military, leaving Magdalena and Leticia alone in their home and making things a little easier financially.. Although living on a fixed income is challenging, Magdalena is grateful for the IHSS program.

“I have the luxury of being with my daughter,” she said. “She’s getting older and there are so many more health issues that are coming about, but I’m so glad I’m able to take care of all her needs and advocate for her medical care.”

Together, Magdalena and Leticia spend hours crafting, gardening, playing with their dogs, and finding bargains at their local stores. More recently, Magdalena and Leticia volunteered at a UDW food distribution event in Merced.

“It was our first-time volunteering together and I was so proud and thankful to be able to share that experience with her,” said Magdalena.

Next, they’re looking forward to fighting for higher wages, sick pay, retirement, and vacation time. They are also excited to meet other UDW members and continue strengthening their bonds with their fellow union siblings:

“They’re not just my union people, they are there for me to have confidence and be able to talk to for support.”

Co-founder of the United Farm Workers inspired San Diego organizers to start UDW

Every March 31 since 2001, California celebrates Cesar Chavez day. The holiday, which falls on the legendary labor leaders’s birthday, honors the work Chavez did to organize farm workers and promote civil rights for all.

You may know Chavez as the co-founder, along with Dolores Huerta, of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. But did you know he was also largely responsible for founding UDW? It’s true! And the story of our founding shows how the shared experiences of different groups of workers can help build power.

In the 1960s and 70s, many spouses of farm workers were domestic workers. Chavez saw that the two groups of workers had much in common, including being specifically excluded from the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 due to the racism of Southern politicians. Chavez had long believed that domestic workers, like farm workers, needed to be organized into a union to fight for their rights. But most experienced union organizers were hesitant to try organizing a workforce hidden in people’s homes.

“Cesar and Helen Chavez knew all about domestic workers and they’d been trying since 1962 to get someone to organize a union for domestic workers.” says Ken Seaton-Msemaji, who, along with his late wife, Fahari Jeffers and co-founders Greg Akili and Raquel Beltran, started UDW. “Everybody that he approached respectfully turned him down because they thought it was impossible.”

For years, it seemed like Chavez would never find the right people to create the union that would become UDW. But, if the problem was the pessimism of experienced labor organizers, the solution turned out to be finding organizers who had no experience with labor and were unafraid to charge full steam ahead into a completely new form of union organizing.

That’s where Fahari and Ken came in. In the early 70s, Fahari and Ken were a young couple deeply involved in social justice and civil rights. They were already well-known to Chavez from their work with NIA Cultural Organization and other community-based initiatives.

“One of his people said to him ‘look, remember your domestic worker thing? These people will probably say yes–and they can probably do it,” says Ken of being hand-picked by Chavez to begin the organizing work for our union.

“Everybody thought it was impossible. I knew so little about it. That’s what saved me,” he says.

After forming an organizing committee in 1977, Ken and the others set about doing the work that others were afraid to take on—reaching out to workers like us in the homes we worked in, listening to our concerns, and giving us a voice to advocate for ourselves, our families, and the people we cared for.

“Cesar Chavez convinced me and Fahari and others that the most important thing we could do with our lives was to organize and empower poor people of all colors and women,” Ken said in a 2015 interview, “We committed to him we would spend our lives giving it our best. This is the hardest work that any of us have ever done or could ever do.”

All we have achieved over the years for our union goes back to the work of these fearless organizers. But the work of our founders and that of the thousands of UDW members who have given their time and dedication to build our union may not have happened had it not been for Cesar Chavez’ vision of justice for domestic workers.

When we observe Cesar Chavez Day, we should honor his legacy of labor activism and social justice and remember how he made sure the voices of California farm workers were heard around the world. But we should also celebrate our own union every Cesar Chavez day. By continuing to fight for the dignity of our work we are living the dream Cesar had for us.

“Our experience in Montgomery was a clear reminder that we have come so far in our fight for our rights, but we have so much further to go,” said UDW Secretary-Treasurer, William Reed.

On March 10, UDW members gathered in Montgomery, Alabama to walk an 11-mile leg of a 50-mile march in honor of the 57th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, originally led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of non-violent demonstrators fighting for voting rights.

But first, we had a lot to learn.

To kick-off our trip, we trekked through rain and cold winds to visit some of Montgomery’s most historic sites and pay our respects to the incredible leadership and sacrifice that occurred throughout the city during the Civil Rights Movement. During our time in Montgomery, we took the time to make connections across centuries and learn not only about this country’s history, but about the roots of domestic labor, its ties to slavery and people of color, and why it continues to be undervalued today.

On our first day in the city, we participated in a walking tour that highlighted the history of the transatlantic slave trade, its transition into domestic slave trade, and Alabama’s role in its growth. We visited the Riverfront which was largely responsible for the growth of the domestic slave trade because of the newer means of transportation available, such as steamboats and the nearby railroad. We also walked down Commerce Street and visited locations that served as slave depots and the auction blocks where hundreds of thousands of enslaved people were sold along with land and livestock.

“I felt profound sadness to know how Black people were oppressed and that white people took joy out of doing such horrible things,” said District 7 Vice Chair Maria Isabel Serrano. “It hurt to see generations upon generations of pain, because I know that hearts don’t ever fully heal from such things.”  

We began the civil rights portion of our tour at the bus stop where Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man, sparking the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a major catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. As we stood at the Rosa Parks statue, we learned that Black domestic workers made up the bulk of bus riders and were essentially the backbone of the boycott. Without the support, defiance, and dedication of our fellow domestic workers, the Montgomery Bus Boycott would have failed.

The tour continued through Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the parish where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family lived while he was the church’s pastor. Established in 1877 by freedmen and free people of color, the church served as a meeting place for civil rights organizers while planning the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

We concluded our historical walking tour at the Civil Rights Memorial, a memorial to 41 individuals who were killed by white supremacists between 1955-1968. At the center of the memorial stood a flattop fountain with the names, dates of death and manner of death engraved on it. We stood over the circular fountain and read every name, date, and manner of death, and reflected on the unnecessary violence Black folks endured while fighting for their humanity.  

The next day, we visited three museums: the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Freedom Riders Museum.

The Legacy Museum provided a comprehensive history of our country from the transatlantic slave trade to the emergence of over-incarceration in the 20th century. Founded by Bryan Stevenson, the museum was built with the intention to help people understand the pain, the suffering, and the truth behind our country’s history: We interacted with holographic projections of enslaved children, saw jars filled with dirt from hundreds of locations where lynchings took place across the U.S., and listened to recorded interviews with Black people unjustly put behind bars.

We then headed to a memorial to the more than 4,400 Black people who were lynched in America between 1877 and 1950, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. While there, we read the stories behind some of the lynchings, including one of a domestic worker named Eliza Woods who was falsely accused of poisoning her employer’s wife. Although her employer later confessed to killing his wife, Eliza was dragged from her cell by local townspeople and lynched. The museum also paid tribute to the Black domestic workers who made the Montgomery Bus Boycott possible, with three statues in their honor.

The last museum we visited was the Freedom Riders, which recounted the stories of more than 400 riders, both Black and white, who risked their lives to travel to the deep South and violate Jim Crow laws in order to challenge a segregated interstate travel system. At the museum we saw various editions of “The Green Book,” a travel guide that enabled Black travelers to find lodgings, businesses, restaurants, and stores that would serve them, and read various stories detailing the rider’s journeys and the extreme violence they faced.

The two days of educational and historical background fired us up for one of the trip’s highlights—commemorating the 57th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. We led the fourth leg of the march in support of voting rights alongside various unions, including the AFL-CIO and AFSCME, and hundreds of supporters from around the country. The march was a total of 50 miles through a span of 5 days from Selma to the steps of Alabama’s State Capitol in Montgomery. Each leg of the march was led by community organizations, including the National Action Network, Black Voters Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Women’s Roundtable.

A few of us, including UDW Vice President Astrid Zuniga, completed all 11 miles of the march that day.

“I wanted to march as much as I could because it was my way of honoring the lives and the struggles of the original foot soldiers, even though I know that this is only a sliver of what they experienced in the 60s,” Astrid said. “The blisters and tiredness are only a small portion of the pain and hardships civil rights leaders and people of color experienced during that time.”

The march concluded on Friday, March 18, as we walked the last steps alongside our fellow unions and marchers and gathered on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery for a special rally. The speakers, including UDW Executive Director Doug Moore, spoke out against voter suppression and the road that awaits us in our fights for civil rights and equity for all.

“The work of ensuring the right to vote is far from over,” said Doug. “We are battling the voices of hate that want to disenfranchise voters of color. Our people were harassed and beaten for fighting for the right to vote and they are not about to take it away from us now. When we vote, we vote for equity. We vote for justice. We vote for the people—all people.”

The days we spent together in Montgomery were heavy with grief and reflection.

“Our experience in Montgomery was a clear reminder that we have come so far in our fight for our rights, but we have so much further to go,” said UDW Secretary-Treasurer William Reed. “The pain that comes from remembering what it was like to see my own family members lynched or being rejected from eating at certain establishments still remains, but it’s really nice to see that the torch for change is being carried on.”

Through our time in Alabama, we were reminded that our work as care providers is the backbone of this country’s economy and that we have the power to create change. Our voices are louder, stronger, and more impactful when we come together and speak up for our rights. We are important; our work is invaluable; and the roots of our power and passion for change are deep, strong, and still expanding. Our foundation is strong and so is our will for change.

With help from her union, CCPU-UDW member Susana Perez won retroactive pay and stability for her small business

Susana Perez loves what she does. As a family child care provider, she enjoys helping the young children in her care grow and prepare for pre-school, and she loves that by supporting local families, her work also uplifts her community. But after nearly 15 years, the job hasn’t been without its struggles.

She found her passion for caring for young children while working as a pediatrician’s assistant. When her family moved from Carson to Beaumont in search of an affordable home of their own, Susana left the clinic and began caring for her neighbor’s children while continuing to care for her own. The need for care in her community grew, and soon enough she decided to open her own family child care business.

The business was doing so well, in fact, that two years ago Susana’s husband retired early to help her with the daycare, making it the only source of the Perez’s income.

“When COVID-19 struck, I became one of the sole supports for local families in an unprecedented pandemic,” Susana said. “I was not only caring for their children but acting as a resource to families who had nowhere else to turn.”

Susana kept her doors open and helped the children in her care adapt to virtual learning. When they went back to in-person learning, she added school pick-up and homework help to her program. Times were tough, but Susana had her union and her fellow child care providers to lean on: CCPU-UDW provided her with constant updates about the pandemic and the PPE she needed to maintain a clean and safe home, while her fellow members offered support and solidarity.

But late last year, just as the Omicron variant began to spike, two of the children in her care moved away and another child, a two-year-old girl, was diagnosed with leukemia. Susana ended up with three unexpected vacancies in her program within the span of a few weeks, a catastrophic hit to her family’s income.

“There were days when I seriously considered closing my doors because it was so tough. So much fluctuated with the families I supported, and I ended up being down to five children in the daycare.”

Thankfully, her union was right behind her. With help from CCPU-UDW staff, Susana learned she could continue to hold a spot for her young client for up to six months and continue to receive pay. The young girl would be able to return to her care once she fully recovered.

But just a month later, the state decided to end the hold for the young girl’s spot in Susana’s daycare without notice, retroactive to the previous month—violating AB 603, a law our union helped pass to protect child care providers from this very situation.

Susana and our union jumped into action: After a few phone calls and emails with photos of the written notice dated well after the 14-day notice should have been sent, the agency agreed to pay Susana retroactive pay for December 2021.

This victory was a clear reminder to Susana about why we fight to win legislation like AB 603 and how child care providers—and all union members—are stronger when we work together. “I’m so grateful to have all this support and knowledge in my corner,” said Susana. “If I didn’t have a union, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything—I wouldn’t have even known what to do.” 

“UDW offers our union’s whole-hearted support to the people of Ukraine as they face a violent attack on their country from Russia under the immoral leadership of Vladimir Putin. All people deserve peace and self-determination, and Russia’s move to violently remove Ukraine’s democratically elected government and regain control of the region violates the rights of the Ukrainian people and threatens world security.

We also stand with those in Russia who are risking their own safety and freedom to oppose these attacks and will suffer not only from their own government’s actions but as a result of economic sanctions by countries around the world. 

As a union of caregivers who have dedicated our lives to the health and safety of others, our hearts are breaking at the pointless and unforgivable suffering caused by Russia’s aggression and the centuries of imperialism that led to it. We urge our local, state, and national leaders to pursue a path toward peace in Ukraine that respects not only Ukrainian sovereignty, but the rights of all people worldwide to live in just and equitable societies.”

A union is only as strong as its members. Every victory we achieve is made possible by the passion and drive that members like you bring to every rally, march, and phone call. That’s why it’s so important that all our members—IHSS providers and family child care providers alike—get involved: so that we can build power and create transformative change together.

But there is more than one way to get involved. From volunteering at local food drives to participating in contract negotiations and giving testimony before Congress, UDW has opportunities for members interested in participating at all levels.

Not sure where to start? Here’s how:

Opportunities for IHSS and family child care providers:

  1. Volunteer at your local office
    From setting up and leading local food, diaper, or PPE distributions, to making phone calls to other members—your local office can use your help!

    If you are an IHSS provider, call your local office to see how you can get involved in upcoming events. Find your local office here.

    If you are a family child care provider, call 888-226-7510 to learn how you can get involved in upcoming events.

  2. Share your story!
    Your personal experiences are the power behind every UDW victory. Your stories center the importance of caregivers and family child care providers while also helping us bargain for better benefits, better pay, and better lives for providers and our communities.

    If you are an IHSS provider, share your story here.

    If you are a family child care provider, share your story here.

Opportunities for IHSS providers

  1. Join your local bargaining team
    Our work is vital and worthy of a wage that reflects our value to our communities. By working together, we can win the dignity and respect we deserve and the wage and benefit increases we need. You can join your local bargaining team to make these much-needed changes happen by calling 800-621-5016.

    Bargaining team members speak at local Board of Supervisor meetings, meet to discuss proposed wages and benefits, and communicate updates to other local providers to keep them informed.

  2. Join one of your local councils
    Join your local councils to sharpen your leadership skills, connect with other UDW members, and grow our union’s network and impact.

Visit www.udwa.org/get-involved or call your local office to indicate your interest in joining a council.

Getting started is only a few clicks or phone call away! Join the movement and take a stand for a better tomorrow. Along the way you’ll learn new skills, build stronger connections, amplify your voice and see the life-changing power of getting involved in your union.


PERB penalty underscores growing movement to enact term limits for county BOS

SACRAMENTO — Yesterday, the California Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) issued an administrative decision finding that Kern County is subject to a 7% withholding penalty on 1991 Realignment funds due to the county’s failure to come to a collective bargaining agreement with over 7,500 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers. The finding is the first of its kind under a 2021 law seeking to incentivize counties such as Kern who are worsening California’s long-term care crisis by refusing to recruit and retain enough workers to cover the growing need for care.

IHSS is funded by federal, state, and county sources and administered at the county level. Created out of the disability rights movement in the 1970s, IHSS provides home care to older adults and people with disabilities, allowing them to live in comfort and dignity and avoid unnecessary institutionalization. After over six years of failed negotiations, Kern’s IHSS workers currently earn only minimum wage–without benefits–for performing this critical service. United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), the union representing Kern IHSS workers, filed the complaint that resulted in the PERB ruling.

Though the final penalty is yet to be calculated, it is expected to be in excess of $700,000.

“This is really a case of the Kern County Board of Supervisors failing basic fiscal management. Instead of paying a modest wage increase to workers who would spend the money in the local economy, they are sending money back to the state,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. “Not only are they putting thousands of vulnerable Kern residents—including many veterans and children—in danger of being forced into institutional care or living on the streets, they are also depriving local businesses of much-needed consumer spending. And they are sticking taxpayers with the bill.”

This decision is only the one example of Kern County leaders’ disregard for its residents: Roads and parks are in disrepair, libraries are crumbling, and homelessness is on the rise. To change the downward trajectory of their county, Kern County residents are rising up to demand change at the BOS: Last September, a coalition of community groups filed a petition to put term limits on the 2022 ballot and are well on the way to collecting enough signatures to put the issue before voters this year.

“We need a BOS that works for ALL Kern residents, not just big money oil and gas interests,” said Sandy Moreno, an IHSS provider and one of the proponents of the term limits petition. “Everyday Kern residents like me are getting together to support term limits because we can’t wait any longer for the smart, competent leadership that this county deserves.”

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United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME Local 3930) is a union made up of over 144,000 home care and child care providers throughout California. UDW home caregivers provide critical services through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), which allows over half a million California seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their homes with dignity and independence. CCPU-UDW child care members provide quality, affordable, home-based child care for thousands of California’s working families.

Which lawmakers were in solidarity with seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, and working families in 2021?

During 2021, IHSS caregivers and family child care providers continued to serve heroically as frontline, essential workers during a pandemic. Yet we once again had to defend IHSS from budget cuts and saw thousands of child cares close due to the pandemic. More than ever, we needed champions in state government that saw our value and helped us stay safe and do our work. Every year, UDW scores the California legislature and the governor on their support of policies that impact our members. This year, those scores not only show which of our lawmakers championed care, but which ones defended us, our clients, and our communities when it really mattered.

Find out how your lawmakers scored by clicking on the booklet below.

Thanks to our union’s strong voice at the State Capitol, COVID-19 supplemental paid sick time has been restored for Californians, including IHSS providers, retroactive to January 1, 2022, and up to September 30, 2022. COVID sick pay gives us peace of mind and allows us to focus on staying healthy and not worrying about putting food on the table or covering bills if we do become sick. Members like you made this happen!

Here is what you need to know about how the extension of COVID-19 sick leave impacts you:

Who can apply for COVID-19 paid sick leave?

If you are an IHSS provider, you can apply for the COVID-19 sick leave if one of the following criteria applies to you:

  1. You are subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19
  2. You have been advised by a health care provider to quarantine due to COVID-19
  3. You are attending an appointment for yourself or a family member to receive your COVID-19 vaccine/booster or are experiencing vaccination side effects
  4. You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis
  5. You are caring for an individual who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider
  6. You are caring for a child whose primary place of care is unavailable due to COVID-19

How much COVID-19 paid sick leave can you claim?

How do you apply for COVID-19 sick pay?
COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave is available for immediate use. Inform your client right away that you need to take sick leave and submit a sick leave claim to the county. You must complete the form TEMP 3021 (4/21), which requires both provider and recipient information, as well as claim dates, and the reason for claiming sick time.

Labor-negotiated deal protects older Californians, people with disabilities

United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union representing over 125,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers, today released the following statements after the California Legislature passed legislation providing two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave benefits to California’s workers through September 30, 2022. 

UDW Executive Director UDW said:

“Thanks to the advocacy of organized labor representing frontline workers, California’s long-term care system is stronger today and better prepared to handle the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. By passing an extension of supplemental sick leave for California’s workers, the State Legislature has ensured that essential workers like IHSS providers will be able to protect their clients and their own families if they have been exposed or infected with COVID-19. We are pleased the state has heeded our advocacy on behalf of home care workers.”

UDW Statewide President Editha Adams, an IHSS caregiver for her adult daughter, said:

“As caregivers, we work tirelessly to ensure our clients are safe and comfortable and that their needs are met. But, because we are paid so little, we are often unable to meet our own needs. Extending pandemic sick leave gives home care providers a safety net in the unfortunate event we are impacted by the virus and allows us to focus on what we do best: protecting the older residents and people with disabilities in our communities.”

Last year, Salvador Lopez Segura became the primary caregiver for every single member of his immediate family, including his wife and both of his disabled sons, Cesar and David. He struggled to care for everyone’s physical and emotional well-being while also keeping up with bills and other needs and knew he needed help.

Ten years ago, Salvador’s youngest son David was headed to college. Then a diagnosis of Cerebral Tendonitis Rheumatoid changed everything. Salvador kept his job in the Kern oil fields, but his wife was forced to close her business to care for their son.

In 2019, Salvador’s wife was placed on dialysis and could no longer keep up with David’s extensive care needs—in fact, she needed a caregiver herself. So Salvador retired from the oil fields to care for her and their eldest son Cesar stepped in as his little brother’s primary caregiver.

It wasn’t an easy adjustment, but the Lopez Seguras made the best of the situation. Although some days were tough, they were facing the challenges as a family.

Then last year, amid the pandemic and myriad obstacles the family had already faced, things shifted once again. Salvador’s oldest son Cesar lost his ability to walk and was diagnosed with the same illness as his younger brother. Salvador was now the primary caregiver for every person in his family.

With pressure building and a mountain of bills to pay, Salvador knew he needed help increasing his families’ IHSS hours, which were limited to 111 per month. He knew that he had his union to lean on and visited his local UDW office in Bakersfield to talk through his case. His union representative walked him through the appeals process to ask for more hours, including tips on collecting the correct paperwork from David’s doctors and help submitting the paperwork to the correct people to ensure a quick response. Together, they successfully completed the appeals process, earning Salvador an additional 75 paid hours per month to care for David and retroactive pay of over $1,000 for the previous months.

“It’s been a relief to have the additional hours. I don’t have to stress as much about money, and I don’t fall behind on payments anymore. It’s so comforting to know that when there is something I don’t understand, I always have someone to call.”

Salvador and his family still face many challenges, but too few IHSS hours is not one of them. They are hopeful about their future and are happy to have the strength and experience of the union behind them. Having seen how important UDW is for IHSS providers in his community, Salvador helps his fellow union members in any way he can, including collecting signatures in support of our Kern County Term Limits campaign, volunteering at local drives, and more.

“UDW has helped me grow so much,” Salvador says. “Now it’s my turn to give back in the same way they’ve supported me and other providers”.

As COVID-19 guidelines continue to shift, we want to ensure that IHSS providers have the latest available information and resources. This pandemic is overwhelming and difficult for all of us, but we are thankful to have each other—and our union—so that we can fight together for a better tomorrow. See below for some important updates.

UDW wins COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave!

Thanks to our union’s strong voice at the State Capitol, COVID-19 supplemental paid sick time has been restored for Californians, including IHSS providers, retroactive to January 1, 2022, and up to September 30, 2022. COVID sick pay gives us peace of mind and allows us to focus on staying healthy and not worrying about putting food on the table or covering bills if we do become sick. Members like you made this happen!

Click here to learn about how the extension of COVID-19 sick leave impacts you.

New booster vaccine mandate

As of Dec. 22, 2021, it is now mandatory for some IHSS and WPCS providers to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Under the updated requirements, providers will be required to get a booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine by Feb.1, 2022, or within 15 days of becoming eligible for a booster if not yet eligible as of Feb. 1, 2022. The mandate only applies to IHSS or WPCS providers who care for a non-family client or a client who does not live with them.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are free to all. Register for a COVID vaccine or booster appointment at myturn.ca.gov or call the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) for assistance.

For more information on exceptions, visit the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) website.

Free COVID-19 tests

Free, at-home COVID-19 tests rolled out on January 18 and can be ordered through the USPS website at special.usps.com/testkits. Every U.S. residential address is eligible to order four rapid COVID-19 antigen tests for free from the U.S. Postal Service, which will begin shipping tests in late January. Order your tests today:

Fighting back against omicron

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of the omicron variant, which is contributing to a massive uptick in COVID-19 cases in California and across the country.

While transmission numbers are rising, we have the tools to fight omicron: vaccines, masks, and testing. Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. Masks continue to offer protection against all variants. The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status. For advice about masks and the types of masks that may be right for you, visit cdc.gov. Lastly, tests are the key to early detection and slowing transmission. Visit your local health department’s website or check out your county in the list below to look for the latest local information on testing.

Please also continue to wash your hands thoroughly and often, use social distancing, and limit time spent with those outside your household as much as possible.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the CDC’s guidelines to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

For detailed information regarding quarantining if you test positive, visit the updated CDC website, here.

For 10 things you can do to manage your COVID-19 Symptoms at home, click here. For languages other than English, click here.

COVID-19 supplemental paid sick time has been restored for Californians, including IHSS providers, retroactive to January 1, 2022, and up to September 30, 2022. Click here to learn how you can apply for paid sick leave.

Caring for someone sick at home

Advice for caregivers in non-healthcare settings

If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home or in a non-healthcare setting, follow this advice to protect yourself and others. Learn what to do when someone has symptoms or when someone has been diagnosed with the virus.

*Note: Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for developing more severe illness from COVID-19. People at higher risk of severe illness should call their doctor as soon as symptoms start.

Seek emergency medical attention if someone is experiencing any of these signs*:

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility; Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Heroes Pay for IHSS providers

Last September, the current administration increased funding for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and thanks to our advocacy, it includes funding to give IHSS providers Heroes Pay: a one-time payment of $500 to any provider who worked a minimum of two months between March 2020 and March 2021. The state has started disbursing the funds, which they are calling “Care Economy Payments” and payouts should be completed by Jan. 28, 2022. If you believe you are eligible and have not received your payment by mid-February, please let us know!

UDW’s Member Benefits Center is here for you

We are here as a resource to all members during these ever-changing and tumultuous times. Call us at 1-800-621-5016* Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Our Member Benefits Center can:

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, feel free to call us to request PPE and other supplies or assistance.

*Services available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

REGIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

Family child care providers throughout California are bravely navigating the impact of Omicron and other variants while caring for young ones. CCPU providers stood together to win the support and stability we needed to stay healthy and keep our doors open, and we continue to advocate for what providers and families need as the pandemic continues. Read below to be sure you’re taking advantage of the programs and tools available to you.

Financial support 

As a reminder, CCPU-UDW members fought for the following benefits, which are in effect from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022: waiver of family fees, reimbursement based on enrollment rather than attendance, and 16 paid nonoperational days for COVID-19-related closures. 

Our second and largest COVID-specific agreement with the state includes:

  1. Waiver of family fees: no families pay family fees and providers are reimbursed for the full amount of the certificate or voucher without deducting family fees from July 2021 through June 2022 
  2. Reimbursement based on enrollment rather than attendance otherwise referred to as “hold harmless”: Ensure all reimbursements for care provided since July 1, 2021, are based on the maximum certified hours of care rather than attendance so providers don’t lose money if families stay home due to COVID or other reasons
  3. Additional 16 paid nonoperational days for COVID-19-related closures: Reimbursement for up to 16 non-operational days for COVID-19-related closures starting July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022

In support of child care providers that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those that plan to open by February 28, 2022, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care Licensing Program (CCLP) continues to partner with local Resource and Referral agencies to distribute emergency supplies. The distribution of emergency supplies is scheduled for the last two weeks of January 2022.

Supplies and COVID test distributions

CCLP will distribute supplies, including both at-home COVID test kits, surgical masks for children, and other PPE. Emergency supplies are for all child care program types, e.g. licensed and exempt providers caring for subsidized and non-subsidized children.  

Resource and Referrals’ distribution methods include: 

Reach out to your local Resource and Referral to find out when, where, and what PPE is offered. Click HERE to start searching.

The latest guidelines

 The latest testing guidelines for the child care industry can be found here. Testing is one layer in a multi-layered approach to COVID-19 prevention particularly when social distancing is not possible. While there is no testing requirement from CCLP, there may be a testing expectation from the local Public Health Department or other organizations that providers work with. To the extent that there are testing or other COVID-related safety requirements for providers or families from authorized organizations, those organizations are responsible to provide whatever is needed to comply with such requirements.  

REMEMBER: Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian. Get vaccinated to reduce the need for testing. 

The more we come together through our union, the greater the victories we build. Join our union today!

Union membership is powerful! The work we have done together to lift up caregiving over the past year made legislators recognize how valuable our work is to the community. Now, thanks to all of us raising our voices, they are finally recognizing us with more than kind words—they are rewarding us with bonus pay for our dedication.

How did this happen? Caregivers and our advocates made sure the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included funding to give IHSS providers Heroes Pay: a one-time payment of $500 to any IHSS provider who worked a minimum of two months between March 2020 and March 2021. The state has started disbursing the funds, which they are calling “Care Economy Payments,” and payouts should be completed by Jan. 28, 2022. If you believe you are eligible and do not receive your payment by mid-February, please let us know!

“UDW fought hard for this recognition of our members,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. “IHSS caregivers provide invaluable care to vulnerable and at-risk Californians daily and this one-time payment is the least that the state can do to support our efforts through this pandemic. This shows just how far we have come and what we can do with a powerful and strong union.”

IHSS providers and other home caregivers are an important part of our country’s infrastructure. Heroes Pay is only a small step toward having our leaders respect what we do and reward it as the essential work that it is. Through our union, we will continue to fight for what is right and keep working for a better tomorrow for all. Together, we can make sure caregiving heroes get what we deserve every day. 

The Rise of Care Work

Our union is growing and getting stronger every day. Our movement to empower care workers and improve our communities made huge strides this year, and the heightened awareness of our importance as essential workers is making us a mighty force to be reckoned with. There has never been a more exciting time to be a member of UDW!

At our 17th Constitutional Convention held at UDW offices across the state, UDW caregivers and child care providers came together to celebrate our victories and forge a path forward for our union for many years to come. After helping keep our communities safe during the pandemic and beating back the threat of the recall election, this fall we are appreciating an especially productive year for our union—and gearing up for all the possibilities ahead.

This year we:

•          Won our first collective bargaining agreement for child care providers:
We increased rates for CCPU-UDW members for the first time in five years, increased funding for the program, and so much more.

•          Ended the 7% cut—for good!: Thanks to the tireless work of UDW on behalf of our clients, we won our fight to remove the last remaining cuts to IHSS hours from state law.

•          Stopped the recall: Because he has proven himself to be one of the strongest supporters we’ve ever had in the Governor’s office, we mobilized our membership to stop the wasteful and destructive effort to recall Gavin Newsom.

•          Turned up the heat for better
IHSS pay: We passed a bill that will enact a 7% penalty on counties that won’t budge on IHSS raises and that refuse to bargain in good faith. And we passed another bill that makes sure counties have the funds
to pay us.

            What’s ahead of us:

•          Respecting care work: Now that the pandemic proved how important care work is, we are going to make sure they understand that without care workers there is no care. We will work with state and national leaders to ensure that everyone who needs care gets it, and that care funding is strong and safe from cuts.

•          Fighting for what’s fair and equitable: We will continue to combine our fight for higher pay and worker protections with the fight for social justice, looking for new ways to weed out the hate and bias that runs through every institution in this country.

•          Protecting the environment: As climate catastrophes escalate, we will step up our fight to ensure everyone has clean air and water and that this planet is here for our grandchildren.

•          Fighting for a just economy: We will help lead the way to an economy with good jobs that reward workers for what they contribute to society.

We’ve come so far as a union. We fought hard for our voice. We fought hard for our seat at the table. Stay connected with your union and join us as we lift up care workers—and our communities—for a brighter future for everyone!

To read more about UDW convention, visit https://bit.ly/UDWConvention.

Members Made the Difference

Huge mobilization by UDW members saved the state from disastrous recall

Our wages, our clients’ care, the future of our union—all of it was on the line in the election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. The leading candidates vying to replace Newsom promised to attack our wages and the programs that help the people we serve if they were elected. So we did what we do best:
We organized and fought back.

We picked up the phones and made over 1.6 million calls to Californians to let them know how important this election was to working people. We sent out email and text messages and knocked on doors throughout the state. We even hosted Newsom and other elected leaders at a press conference at our San Diego headquarters.

Despite millions spent by the opposition, voters up and down the state responded to our message of equity and good governance. We won—and we also sent a message.

“The recall threatened all the progress we’ve made so far. It threatened issues that are critical to people like us such as higher pay, sick leave and the right to join a union,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. “UDW members let the anti-worker billionaires who funded the recall know greed and fear don’t run California; we do.”

Our Voices

What do you want for your future and how will you fight for that through your union?

I want to continue to care for and protect my 6-year-old autistic son and ensure he has all the tools and resources needed to live a happy and safe life. I just found out I have a union and have been getting involved with union activities, I am so happy to be a part of this organization that fights for my son’s rights by protecting a program that he will need throughout his life.

Elisia Soliz, IHSS provider in Stanislaus County

I want child care to be a respected career and profession with access to retirement benefits, affordable health care options, and paid time off. I see that happening for us by having CCPU-UDW on our side and child care providers guiding each other as we fight for what is long overdue. Our union believed in us long before anyone else did. Together we will fight for the tools we need to better serve future generations, and make dreams come true for child care providers everywhere!

Shaunte Brown, Child care provider in San Diego County

I want to keep fighting along with my fellow union brothers and sisters so that elected leaders see the work of home care providers as real, essential, and valuable. One way we can do this is through the power of our union. We can help elect new leaders in our county that are willing to invest in this program, not just for me, but for the future of the aging population and people with disabilities.

Sandy Moreno, IHSS provider in Kern County

IHSS providers are getting a raise on January 1, 2022

Finally! The statewide minimum wage increases to $15 on January 1—a victory UDW members fought hard for in 2016—triggering wage increases for IHSS providers across the state.

And remember! Your UDW membership dues are changing on January 1 as well. 

Visit www.udwa.org/dues to calculate your new dues.

Dear Fellow UDW Members—

Every November we celebrate Provider Appreciation Month, a time to thank care providers for everything we do to keep our clients safe and healthy and our communities strong and resilient.

Traditionally, we mark the occasion with dinners and celebrations in our home counties, with each region putting its own spin on the annual event. It’s a time to share our struggles and our strengths as caregivers.

Last year, of course, the pandemic upended our plans. But, when UDW hits an obstacle we don’t quit; we just find another way! And so, new traditions like drive-through turkey giveaways and Zoom parties were born to celebrate our members.

Online or in person, one thing is always the same for our Provider Appreciation Month events: the deep gratitude we feel toward our work, toward our clients and the programs they rely on, and toward each other.

Check with your local UDW office to find out what your district is planning for Provider Appreciation Month. Your union appreciates you. You deserve
to be celebrated!

In solidarity,

Editha Adams

IHSS Provider and UDW Statewide President

After six years of failed negotiations on our contract, UDW and our allies have launched a countywide effort to establish term limits for the Kern County Board of Supervisors (BOS). The current BOS has made it clear they would rather hire expensive law firms and pay unnecessary penalties than simply give IHSS providers a modest pay increase—and we’ve had enough of their disrespect and abuse.

We need new leaders who care about EVERYONE in Kern County, not just big money interests like oil and gas companies. Enacting term limits for the BOS is the tool we need to remove these do-nothing politicians and make way for elected leaders who care about us and our families.

As it is now, Kern County Supervisors can run for reelection as many times as they want, making it difficult for new people and new ideas to lead our county. Our campaign seeks to limit BOS members to TWO TERMS, or eight years. The Governor and our state legislators all have term limits. Even the President of the United States is limited to two terms! Why should Kern County Supervisors serve indefinitely? Many other counties have imposed term limits on their BOS; it’s time that we do, too.

The current BOS is failing more than the IHSS program. Roads are crumbling, air quality is getting worse, and more and more people are living on the streets. That’s why term limits are supported by a broad coalition of Kern residents and faith groups and why you should join us in working for a better future for our county.

You can help by joining us on December 11 for a signature-gathering event. We’ve already knocked on thousands of doors and gained the support of thousands of Kern residents who want change. With your help, we can get our term limit initiative on the November 2022 ballot and put the future of our county back where it belongs—in the hands of the voters.

If you can’t help gather signatures, make sure you sign on in support of term limits when someone comes to your door or when you see signature-gathering happening around town. Call or email if you have questions or need more information.

Our goal of a better, safer, healthier Kern is within reach. You can help make it happen!

WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2021 
RSVP today by calling (661)321-0239 or by emailing Ricardo at [email protected].

**Practice safety protocols, such as social distancing, using sanitizing products, and personal protective equipment.

In Solidarity,

Sarah Ilenstine
District 5 Chair

November is Provider Appreciation Month and every year we honor and celebrate the importance of our work as caregivers and the advocacy we take on every day on behalf of all IHSS providers and our clients. Our work is endless, not only because we go above and beyond to give our clients the care, attention, and love they deserve, but we fight to make long-lasting change at all levels to better our lives and our communities.

“Being a caregiver is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done and each and every one of us that is a part of this community recognizes that our job is important and serves a fundamental role in our state,” said Kern County member and IHSS provider Sandy Moreno. Together, we have fought hard to have our voices heard and our work acknowledged and respected.

Consuelo y Esperanza Foundation volunteer distributes grocery boxes to local Orange County members at the provider appreciation day on Nov. 4 in Buena Park.

This year, we finally ended the 7% cut to IHSS for good, stopped the recall of Governor Newsom, who has proven himself to be one of the strongest supporters we’ve ever had, and we successfully passed a bill that will enact a financial penalty on counties that won’t budge on raises and refuse to bargain in good faith.

This November, UDW hosted 16 provider appreciation events up and down the state and distributed over 3,500 turkeys, bags of groceries, and other goodies and prizes. We know that our days are long and exhausting, but we also know that we are changing lives every day—and our union is here to support us and honor our work every day

We’ve come so far, but our work doesn’t end here. Member Tania Ferrucci of Orange County sees us taking bigger strides toward change. “I hope that in the future, providers receive higher wages that reflect the hard work we do for our loved ones and the community, as well as access to a retirement plan and medical insurance—because we deserve to have our needs met.”

Our voice, experiences, and work matter, and we have the power to continue uplifting care workers and our communities.

THANK YOU for all that you do!


My name is Christine Nguyen, and I’ve been an IHSS provider in San Diego for 16 years and a proud member of UDW since 2001.

Before I became a provider, I owned my own business. When it closed, I began my new career in homecare when I started taking care of an elderly woman who needed help. I do this work because I want to keep people in their homes among their families and friends, so they can live full and independent lives.

Right now, John is my only client. He’s 84-years-old, and I care for him in my home—although we’re not related, I took him in because he had nowhere else to go. Last year, when he was given just 43 hours per month by IHSS, I knew he was being treated unjustly. He, like many clients I know, needs so much more than just an hour and half of care each day.

I became John’s homecare provider after he had a stroke in 2013. He has dementia and trouble with many of his motor skills. His high cholesterol and hypertension require him to have a special diet, so I cook for him and supervise him during his meals.

My initial application to be John’s provider was denied last January. In August, we were finally able to get a social worker to assess him. During the assessment, the social worker only spoke with John, never with me. Unfortunately, part of John’s condition leaves him unable to understand or answer questions very well. In the end, he was given only 43 hours of care per month.

As homecare providers, we know our clients best. I knew that John needed far more than 43 hours to receive quality care. I had to do something.

I’d had a similar situation with another elderly client who was given only 46 hours though she needed a lot more care. Laura Reyes — former UDW President, currently the Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME —helped us get the hours she needed. So when John needed help, I turned to my union once again.

This time we worked with UDW’s advocacy council, and John and I were able to get a hearing and make our case last September. In January, we received notice that John’s hours of care had been increased from 43 to 263 per month!

Throughout the process, I never abandoned John. I continued to care for him in my home even though I did not get paid that entire year. It was hard, and I nearly lost my house because I was unable to make my mortgage payments. Oftentimes, I had to borrow money just to make ends meet. I can’t explain how thankful I am that I won back pay for every month I worked unpaid – totaling nearly $30,000.

John and I are both grateful for the support that we continue to receive from UDW and my fellow homecare providers. Just a few months ago, I received a wheelchair for John that had been donated by another member to UDW and the California Independent Provider Training Center’s (CAIPTC)’s Food for Families food drive. John’s old wheelchair was very uncomfortable for him, and caused him pain. The new one is lighter, and makes everything easier on both of us.

Each UDW County has an Advocacy Council that can assist us with issues like restoring our client’s hours, preparing for home visits, or reducing our client’s Share of Cost.  Our jobs are tough and very stressful, and it is great to know that we are not alone.

Not yet a member but need help with IHSS? Click here to sign up.

What you need to know now

The state of California is making it mandatory for some IHSS/WPCS providers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 30, 2021. The mandate is intended to protect IHSS recipients who receive care from someone outside of their family or household. The vaccine mandate does not apply to most family and/or live-in IHSS providers. If you have a non-family client who does not live with you and you have not yet been vaccinated, you should make plans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Though there may be changes in the future, this is what you need to know about the vaccine mandate right now:

Why does this mandate apply to me?

The mandate applies to you because you either provide care to a non-family member outside of your home or you provide care to clients in multiple households. 

Why does this mandate exist?

The mandate is intended to protect the health and well-being of IHSS recipients, some of whom may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19

When does the mandate go into effect?

November 30th

Who is responsible for enforcing the mandate?

Your client is responsible for enforcing the mandate, which includes checking your proof-of-vaccination documentation. There is no requirement for the client to report your vaccination status to the county or state. It is best to carry your proof of vaccination with you while working, should your client request to see it. 

Will I get a violation if I don’t comply with the mandate?

No, you will not receive a violation if you fail to comply. However, your client does have the right to require you to comply as a condition of employment. 

Is it possible to get an exemption? What are the conditions?

Yes, there are exemptions for religious or medical reasons. You will have to fill out this form to receive an exemption. Note: Even if you receive an exemption from the vaccine, you are still required to get weekly COVID tests and wear a mask while providing care.

Where can I get vaccinated?

If you’re unsure where and how to get vaccinated, we recommend visiting MyTurn.ca.gov or calling 2-1-1 to find the nearest vaccination location and make an appointment.

I don’t qualify for an exemption, but I just don’t want to get the COVID vaccine. Why should I have to do it? 

We know that the vaccine mandate can be controversial, and we sympathize with those who have reservations about getting the vaccine. However, all the COVID vaccines available right now are safe, effective, and greatly reduce your chance of contracting COVID or spreading it to others. Getting vaccinated is the single most powerful act you can do to save lives—including your own.

If you have more questions about vaccines and the vaccine mandate, call your UDW Member Benefits Center at 1-800-621-5016