President’s Report, Winter 2020

February 20, 2020

Dear Fellow Caregivers –

2020 is going to be a big year for us. Our union is adding thousands of new members, we have ambitious new goals to improve pay and benefits for caregivers, and we are going to make our voices heard in this election—louder than ever before!

Caregivers started this union four decades ago with an idea as simple as it was revolutionary: that everyone deserves care and dignity and that every family deserves to share in the promise and prosperity that this state and this country has to offer. With that idea in mind, I look forward to working with all of you as we share our strength and love to build a future where we, our clients, our families and our communities have everything we need to lead long, happy, fulfilling lives.

Really, can you believe it is already 2020?! Time goes so fast and the time we have with loved ones is never enough. As caregivers, we know all too well how fragile life is. My wish for all of you this year is that you get to spend time doing the things that make life matter with the people who matter most to you.

In Solidarity,

Editha Adams
UDW Statewide President

President’s Report of Events, Actions and Participations

Arthritis Advocacy meeting, October 2

I represented Southern California and our IHSS community at this gathering of advocates for those impacted by arthritis.

District 7 Local Board meeting, October 7

I joined our District 7 Local Board to assist them in carrying out their duties and responsibilities for District 7 members.

District 3 Local Board meetings, October 7-8

I joined our District 3 Local Board to assist them in carrying out their duties and responsibilities for District 3 members.

District 7 Local Council meeting, October 11

I joined our District 7 Council to assist them in carrying out their duties and responsibilities for District 7 members

Contract Action Team (CAT) meeting, San Diego, October 15

I attended this meeting to assist our San Diego members set priorities and strategies for our contract there.

B5 Culinary Academy Graduation, October 19

I attended this ceremony and served as guest speaker to celebrate the achievements of the B5 Culinary Academy, a UDW-supported non-profit that provides free training in the hospitality industry for those wishing to gain those valuable skills.

California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) annual convention, October 21- 23

I attended the annual convention of this important organization of advocates for seniors for whom I serve as vice president.

District 3 Local Board meeting, November 1

I joined our District 3 Local Board to assist them in carrying out their duties and responsibilities for District 3 members.

District 4 membership meeting, November 5

I joined our members in District 4 for their regular meeting.

District 7 UDW Councils/Local Board meeting, November 7

I joined the District 7 Local Board meeting to discuss the upcoming meeting preparation. I attended the political councils promoting voter registration and election information.

District 7 UDW Councils, meeting, November 8

I attended the District 7 UDW Civil and Human Rights/ Health and Welfare Councils meetings to talk about the organization’s events and other services.

Tele-townhall rehearsal, November 14

I met with UDW staff and leaders to prepare for the upcoming tele-townhall.

Tele-townhall, November 15

I served as a host and speaker for the UDW tele-town hall which helped educated members on recent IHSS victories, Electronic Timesheets and Electronic Visit Verification (EVV).

District 4 Provider Appreciation Dinner (PAD) and membership meeting, November 16

I attended the PAD and membership meeting in Mariposa

District 3 PAD and membership meeting, November 21

I attended the District 3 PAD and membership meeting that included celebrating the latest graduating class of our Leadership Academy there.

District 7 PAD and membership meeting, November 21

I attended the District 7 PAD and membership meeting that included celebrating the latest graduating class of our Leadership Academy there.

District 3 PAD and membership meeting November 22

I attended the District 3 PAD event.

District Report Collection, November 25

I collected these reports from each of the districts in our union.

Check signing, November 27

I carried out my fiduciary duty as Union President by issuing our payments.

California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) retreat, Oakland, December 4

I fulfilled my role of representing UDW as Vice President of CARA at this annual retreat.

District 3 membership meeting, December 5

I attended this meeting of our District 3 membership.

District 7 membership meeting, December 5

I attended this meeting of our District 7 membership.

Jingle Bell Run, San Diego, December 7

I attended this annual fundraiser which benefits the Arthritis Foundation

Executive Board meeting, San Diego, December 9

I presided over this meeting of our union’s Executive Board.

District 7 activist potluck, December 10

I attended this celebration of our active members in District 7.

Check signing, December 11

I carried out my fiduciary duty as Union President by issuing our payments.

District 3 membership meeting, December 12

I attended this meeting of our District 3 membership.

President’s vacation

I celebrated the holiday season with my family and friends.

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