Something is wrong with the United Domestic Workers of America and the way they treat home care workers in Stanislaus County. I was told I had to join the union if I wanted to be paid for taking care of somebody in their home. I pay $35 a month in dues. Before I had to join the union, I worked for the county's In Home Support Services, and I didn't have to belong to a union.
Last time there was a fight for a raise, the union told the workers about what they were asking for us. We were asking for $10 an hour, but we got $8.84; all the union did was send out a copy of a contract and a ballot.
Now I am hearing home care workers are locked into the contract for three years. Unions in other counties get to vote for a raise every year. This year, we're told we would get a raise in January and now they say in October. I will be looking for another kind of job.