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UDW Statement on Governor Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging

SACRAMENTO – The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930) issued the following statement supporting California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order calling for a Master Plan for Aging:

“Because the care needs of California’s seniors and people with disabilities are currently not being fully met and the population of older adults is projected to grow by 4 million in the next decade, we welcome Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order calling for a Master Plan for Aging. As a union representing 110,000 workers who provide home care through California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, we are intimately aware of how many people do not get the care they need or spend themselves into poverty to qualify for it. And we are also aware that we will not fix the care crisis without lifting up and listening to the caregivers who provide crucial care services and yet are often paid so little they are unable to meet their own families’ needs.”

“We are in the midst of a growing long-term care crisis and there is simply no way to stop this looming humanitarian catastrophe without a plan that comprehensively restructures and reimagines how we fund and deliver long-term care. Governor Newsom’s executive order today is a bold step toward that plan and we look forward to working with him and other stakeholders to create a person-focused, sustainable and compassionate long-term care system where the dignity and wellness of every Californian is cherished and respected.”

-Doug Moore, Executive Director, United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930)