Reyes, Laura


Laura Reyes is President of the UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, a labor union founded in 1979 to represent in-home care providers.

Thousands of Protestors Say “Enough” to More IHSS Cuts; Dozens Arrested at Capitol

By Laura Reyes
UDW/AFSCME Local 3930

A record-breaking 10-day campaign by thousands of IHSS providers and consumers from throughout the state reached its crescendo June 13th as some five thousand IHSS consumers and members of UDW Homecare Providers Union, SEIU, and California United Homecare Workers rallied at the State Capitol.

As thousands chanted and cheered outside in 95-degree heat, hundreds of providers and consumers inside rocked the Capitol Rotunda and the hallway leading to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office with an ear-splitting shout: “No More Cuts!” Nearly 50 consumers and providers, including a wheel-chair-bound woman who had just celebrated her 100th birthday, were arrested when they refused to leave the Rotunda. They were released shortly afterwards.