March 19, 2020
As a union of over 116,000 home care providers, we are truly frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the world and changing all of our daily lives. IHSS providers work in the homes of high-risk individuals—and many of us are high risk ourselves. Many of us can’t “shelter in place”, practice “social distancing” or simply stay at home and wait it out; our clients are depending on us and we can’t afford to go unpaid.
That’s why UDW is responding to this emergency by calling on the state of California to take immediate, direct action to address the needs of the IHSS community. We have reached out to the Governor’s office and asked for the following:
And, good news, the state is already listening! As of March 19, the Governor has issued an Executive Order to suspend timesheet violations for COVID-19 related overtime through June!
Governor Gavin Newsom has told the public that IHSS workers are a critical resource right now as we are protecting those most endangered by COVID-19. We thank him for his strong leadership during this unprecedented crisis and ask him to take these immediate actions that will give us the tools to protect ourselves during this crisis.
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