Moore, Doug


Doug Moore is executive director of the 65,000-member UDW Homecare Providers Union, California's only union made up entirely of homecare workers.

Public or Private: Unemployment Hurts the Economy

By Doug Moore
United Domestic Workers of America Homecare Providers Union

When Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich proposed that students should take over the job of cleaning our schools, he was rightly denounced for wanting to eliminate what he called "stupid" child labor laws.

But not a word has been said about the tens of thousands of low-wage janitors who would lose their jobs under Gingrich's plan or about what it would mean to their families and to our national and local economies.

This is sad but not surprising. Tea Party extremists and other Republican ideologues demand that government programs at all levels be eliminated or slashed, but never mention the millions of hardworking Americans who would lose their jobs as a result. It's as if these people and their families don't even exist; that they don't pay taxes and make purchases that support their local economies.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Republican Hypocrisy on Wasteful Spending

By Doug Moore
UDW Homecare Providers Union

California is prepared to launch a new program that would spend nearly $10 million of our tax money to have In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) homecare providers and their clients put their fingerprints on their timecards.  Problem is, these fingerprints cannot legally be used to prove fraud.

Sounds like another example of the kind of “wasteful government spending” and “bureaucracy running amok” that Republicans in the State Senate and Assembly love to preach about. But when the Legislature voted recently to send a bill to Gov. Brown that would cancel this wasteful program, NOT ONE Republican legislator supported it.

Gov. Schwarzenegger on ADA Anniversary: Says One Thing and Does Another

By Doug Moore
United Domestic Workers (UDW) Homecare Providers Union

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week, California should be leading the way in implementing this historic civil rights breakthrough for people with disabilities.

We should be working to eliminate barriers in employment, transportation, education and other areas that prevent the disabled from living independently and productively.

Republican State Senators Vote for Administrative Chaos, Backdoor Cuts in IHSS

doug_moore.jpgby Doug Moore
Executive Director
UDW Homecare Providers Union

It is sad that the governor’s Republican enablers in the State Senate have chosen to ignore the pleas of countless California counties as well as thousands of homecare consumers, providers and advocates by allowing the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) implementation fiasco to continue. Their failure to support SB 69, which would have simply given the counties the time and resources needed to efficiently implement new IHSS requirements, is disgraceful. The bill had passed the Assembly 68-0 earlier in the week.

Governor Scapegoats Dedicated Homecare Providers

doug_moore.jpgby Doug Moore
Executive Director
United Domestic Workers of America

Doug Moore, executive director, UDW Homecare Providers Union issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s Budget proposals:

It is unfortunate that the governor continues to use thousands of dedicated homecare providers and the people they serve as scapegoats in his effort to slash safety net programs. Contrary to what he claims, there is no real proof of “massive” fraud in the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. Furthermore, it is outrageous to suggest that people making little more than minimum wage should have to pay for their own background checks and fingerprinting when no other government employees are required to do so.

Governor Targets Only Low-Income Californians

doug_moore.jpgby Doug Moore
Executive Director
United Domestic Workers of America

For years, we have argued that Gov. Schwarzenegger and his Republican allies have targeted low-income, working Californians to help solve the state's budget problems.

The latest example came Friday, when the governor proposed to kick 90 percent of the low-income elderly, blind and disabled clients out of the In Home Supportive Services Program. This is despite the fact that IHSS saves California taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year by keeping these vulnerable citizens out of nursing homes, which cost six-to-eight times more than home care. It is hard to imagine a more shortsighted and unconscionable scheme.

When asked about the impact that this and other cuts are having on families and individuals, the governor's director of finance, Mike Genest admitted that what we have been saying about low-income families being targeted is essentially correct. The reason cuts are disproportionately targeting the poor, he said, is that "the government doesn't provide services to rich people."