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United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s 2021-2022 Budget

The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930) issued the following statement regarding the 2021-2022 Budget:

“The more than 120,000 home care workers represented by UDW are deeply grateful to Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate Pro Tempore Toni Atkins for permanently restoring funding to California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program and ending the 7 percent cut to IHSS hours once and for all.

IHSS is a critical program that allows low-income seniors and people with disabilities to receive life-affirming care at home. Removing the threat of cutting their care hours—a threat UDW members have fought for many years—is a strong show of support for long-term care in our state.

We also celebrate the decision to preserve the current 65-35 IHSS cost split between the state and counties and enact a 7 percent fiscal penalty on counties that refuse to bargain in good faith with IHSS workers. These incentives will not only empower IHSS providers in the bargaining process, but they will also help build a stronger caregiver workforce so that all low-income Californians can access the care they need.

Our members are grateful to the leadership of Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez, Eloise Reyes and Jim Frazier for championing these issues in the budget.

Thank you again to the Newsom administration and the Legislature for listening to our members’ concerns, championing home care workers, and protecting the IHSS program for the half a million seniors and people with disabilities who rely on it to survive and thrive. Governor Newsom has shown us time and again what it means to build a California that is truly for all.”

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