July 31, 2019
Dear Fellow IHSS Providers—
This summer is going fast! I hope you have been able to spend time with friends and family and are staying safe and cool.
This past quarter we swore in our new UDW Executive Board. ( www.udwa.org/our-leaders/ ) There are some new face as well as seasoned board members who bring many decades of caregiver wisdom to the job of governing our union. Our 2019 election also included local district officers who carry out union duties and responsibilities within each of the districts. Together, we are a committed group of leaders ready to move our union boldly into the future.
Electing our leadership is what makes us a special organization. We are a member led union; caregivers helping caregivers. The elections we hold every three years allow every member of this union to have a say in the direction and priorities of UDW. And they ensure that UDW keeps its mission focused on the lives of caregivers and our families.
But participating in your union isn’t just about elections; we have so many ways to be involved in UDW. Contact your local office or come to a meeting. Remember, we are in this together!
UDW Statewide President
President’s Report of Events, Actions and Participations
District 1 and 8 swearing-in ceremony, April 11
I presided over this ceremony in San Diego to swear in the elected officers of our union. In District 1, we welcomed new Vice Presidents Fernando Valezquez and Nicanora Montenegro.
District 3 swearing-in ceremony, April 12
I also presided over the officer swearing in ceremony in Riverside, with a team led by returning District 3 Vice President Rosa Beltran with new vice chair Desmond Prescott.
District 2 swearing-in, April 15
The swearings-in continued in Orange County, where returning vice president Christine Nguyen will be joined by Angie Nguyen as co-chair.
Special Executive Board Conference Calls, April 16, April 24
I joined my fellow UDW Executive Board members on these calls to carry out timely and necessary business of the union.
District 1 Local Board meeting trainings, April 17
I attended this meeting to help train our District 1 local board on their duties and responsibilities for our members there.
Central Labor Council/UDW Leadership Training, April 22-23
I led the UDW team as we worked with our allies in the labor movement on strategies to better the lives of all working people.
District 6 swearing-in ceremony, April 24
I traveled to our northern counties to preside over the swearing-in of our local leadership team, led by returning vice president, William Reed.
District 4 swearing-in ceremony, April 25
I swore in our central valley elected leaders in Merced, who will once again be led by vice president Florence Crowson.
Walk to Cure Arthritis, April 27
I participated in this UDW-sponsored fundraising event to find a cure for arthritis, a disease that affects so many of our members and clients.
District 6 membership meeting, April 29
I joined our members in District 6 for their regular meeting.
District 4 Council meeting, May 1
I joined this council meeting to oversee the local governance of our union.
District 7 Local Board meeting, May 7
I attended this meeting of our District 7 Local Board to help them carry out our duties and responsibilities to our Imperial members.
District 2 Local Board meeting, May 7
I joined the District 2 Local Board in their regular meeting to address the needs of their membership.
District 5 swearing-in, May 10
I presided over the swearing in of District 5 officers, who will be led by returning vice president Elva Munoz.
District 4 Local Board meeting, May 13
I attended this meeting of our District 4 Local Board to carry out our duties and responsibilities to our members there.
California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) lobby day and board meeting, May 20-23
I represent UDW members as a vice president of CARA and I participated in these activities to ensure that IHSS providers and clients are represented in CARA’s work. I am also on the planning committee for the 2019 CARA Convention.
National Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Conference, July 18-21
I attended the JA conference to advocate for California’s IHSS providers, clients and families who are impacted by this disease. Our union has supported the conference’s sponsor, the Arthritis Foundation, for almost five years. We also support the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis in the summer and Jingle Bell Run in the winter.
I serve as the planning committee chair for the San Diego Arthritis Foundation and planning committee member for the National JA Conference. I also volunteer for the foundation’s Advocacy in Action program, helping IHSS recipients from California advocate for change in Washington, D.C.
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