#BeTheHelp

#BeTheHelp We Need

We are thousands of domestic workers and our supporters who've come together to create respect and protections for the important work we do for families across America. In many cases, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our employers and the children and elders we care for, working together to change culture and policy so that domestic workers can gain basic rights, benefits and protections under our nation’s labor laws.

Help Is... Video Series

We’re thrilled to share with you the “Help Is...” video series produced in collaboration with Participant Media and TakePart.com. These videos feature members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance telling their stories. Watch their videos and then share your story about a domestic worker in your life on Facebook or Twitter.

A Little Background

In the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect the rights of most workers in the United States. In a concession to Southern lawmakers hoping to maintain slavery-era work conditions for African Americans, domestic workers and farmworkers where deliberately excluded from these laws and the protections they offered. Many of these exclusions remain in effect today. As a result, domestic workers are one of the most vulnerable workforces in the nation, working without the benefit of core labor standards or basic employment protections. But we are changing this. Today, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading voice and vehicle of an estimated 2.5 million women in the United States who are organizing other domestic workers and supporters like you to establish labor standards for the domestic and care giving workforce.