President’s Report, Autumn 2018

October 13, 2018

Dear Fellow IHSS Providers-

As your Statewide President, I have been busy this Fall making sure caregiver voices are heard up and down California—and in Washington, DC. Many important issues are at stake this election year, and many of them directly affect us and our clients. From protecting our IHSS program to ensuring that our families have health care and affordable housing, the people we elect can make all the difference in the well-being of those we care for—and about.

That’s why caregivers get involved in the political process: to elect more people into office who understand our struggles, and to hold them accountable once they get there. Caring for my daughter taught me that I have more strength and resilience than I believed possible; becoming a leader in UDW taught me that there are hundreds of thousands of strong, resilient people just like me in our state.

This election year I, along with the other elected leaders of your union, have held candidates feet to the fire on one basic principle: We will only endorse those who understand how hard we work, how important that work it, and how unjust it is that we are paid so poorly. As a result of our rigorous endorsement process, we have come up with a list of candidates for state and local offices that we are confident will stand up for caregivers and the IHSS program. You can find that list here:

http://www.udwa.org/election-2018/

Let everyone know that Caregivers Vote! And, after the election, join me in continuing to make sure that elected officials hear from us. Together, we have the power to make the world a better place.

Thank you,

Editha Adams

UDW Statewide President

 

President’s Report of Events, Actions and Participations

Year of the Woman event, Sacramento, August 14

This event at our Sacramento office celebrated a slate of UDW-endorsed women running for their first political office.

Riverside Local Board meeting, August 17

I joined the Riverside Local Board to work on important issues for our members.

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Steering Committee meeting, San Diego Chapter, August 20

I am part of the PWC San Diego Chapter and we are meeting to plan an October 20 event on overtime protection for domestic workers.

District 8 membership meeting, August 23

I met with our members in Imperial County to discuss their regular business and talk to them about statewide issues.

B5 Culinary Arts Academy graduation, San Diego, August 25

I helped honor the graduates of this important training program founded by UDW that gives community members free training in the culinary field.

District 4 Annual picnic and membership meeting, Merced, August 21

I joined our District 4 members for food and music as well as updates on the IHSS program.

CARA Board of Directors Conference Call, August 22

I met by phone with the CARA board of directors to bring the caregiver perspective to the board’s planning activities.

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Steering Committee meeting, San Diego Chapter, August 26

I am part of the PWC San Diego Chapter and we are meeting to plan an October 20 event on overtime protection for domestic workers.

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Steering Committee meeting, San Diego Chapter, August 29

I am part of the PWC San Diego Chapter and we are meeting to plan an October 20 event on overtime protection for domestic workers.

August 29- Trustee conference call & E- Board endorsement

Communications Committee Conference Call, September 4

I met by phone with our Communications Committee to plan the upcoming version of The Caregiver

District 8 Local Board Meeting, September 5, Imperial County

I joined our Imperial County Local Board to work on important issues for our members.

UDW Executive Board meeting, San Diego, September 10

I led this meeting of our union’s elected leadership.

CARA Regional Convention, Roseville, September 12

I attended the regional convention of the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville.

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Steering Committee meeting, San Diego Chapter, September 13

I am part of the PWC San Diego Chapter and we are meeting to plan an October 20 event on overtime protection for domestic workers.

CARA Regional Convention, San Diego, September 18

I spoke in support of Proposition 1 at the CARA regional convention. Proposition 1 supports $4 billion for affordable housing for veterans and other Californians.

CARA Regional Convention, Modesto, September 20

I attended this regional CARA convention to ensure caregiver issues are included in retirement activism.

District 3 membership meeting, Riverside, September 21

I attended this meeting of our District 3 members and talked to them about our endorsed list of statewide candidates and encouraged them to get out to vote.

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Steering Committee meeting, San Diego Chapter, September 21

I am part of the PWC San Diego Chapter and we are meeting to plan an October 20 event on overtime protection for domestic workers.

CARA Regional Convention, Orange County, September 26

I spoke in support of Proposition 1 at this regional CARA convention.

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Steering Committee meeting, San Diego Chapter, September 26

I am part of the PWC San Diego Chapter and we are meeting to plan an October 20 event on overtime protection for domestic workers.

UDW Health Fair, Orange County, September 26

I attended this important UDW-sponsored event that helps our members and families maintain their health.

UDW Executive Board conference call, September 27

I met by phone with the other elected officers of our union to discuss special business.

District 4 membership meeting and candidate forum, Merced, October 2

I spoke to our District 4 members about the importance of voting and we heard from our local legislators there, Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Assemblymember Adam Gray.

District 8 Local Board meeting, Imperial County, October 4

I joined our Imperial County Local Board to work on important issues for our members.

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