July 31, 2019
…and we won’t stop fighting for better pay and benefits across the state!
All over the state, UDW members are turning out to show elected officials that the work we do is vital and deserving of a living wage, because caregivers need to take care of our families and pay our bills on time, too! And even though the fight for dignity and respect is long and hard, we never give up! In Orange County, we just won a new contract with a pay raise after FIVE YEARS of the county telling us no. Our IHSS providers in OC will now earn $12.25 an hour with their pay going up to $13.50 on January 1, 2020 and wages going up $1 a year until reaching $15.50 in 2022.
We’re putting the pressure on every county where elected officials don’t want to raise wages for caregivers and are stalling on IHSS contract negotiations. In Riverside in June, hundreds of UDW caregivers rallied to send the message that our members there will not take “no” for an answer either. And we are turning up the heat in Merced, Placer, Butte and El Dorado, right now, too, joining together and raising our voices so counties know that we will not be silenced, and we will not quit.
As IHSS providers, the work we do is so important for our clients and our communities. But it also saves the counties money by keeping our clients out of expensive institutional care. If you want to find out more about the IHSS contract in your county and how you can get involved visit www.udwa.org or call your local UDW office today.
Together, we can raise up caregivers!
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