Domestic workers keep the Massachusetts economy going by making other work possible. Nannies, caregivers, and housekeepers in the state ensure the health and prosperity of Massachusetts families and free others to participate in the workforce. But because there are few state and federal guidelines and no industry standards, domestic workers are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
Victory! The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights ends generations of exclusion from basic labor protections. The California Bill of Rights (AB 241) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 26, 2013, and goes into effect January 1, 2014.
Domestic workers play a critical role in the Illinois economy, working to ensure the health and prosperity of Illinois families and freeing others to participate in the workforce. Despite the value of their work, domestic workers have historically been excluded from the protections under state law extended to workers in other industries. This has led to a workforce, predominantly composed of women supporting their own families, that is isolated and vulnerable.
If you live in Illinois, please tell your state senator to support the SB 1708, the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!
We Belong Together is a campaign to mobilize women in support of common-sense immigration reform that will keep families together and empower women. Immigration reform is rarely thought of as a women’s issue, but in fact it is central to the fight for women’s equality. Millions of immigrant women who are part of the fabric of our communities, workplaces, and schools are blocked from achieving their full potential because of a broken immigration system. They perform essential jobs, like taking care of our children and our aging parents, and are central to family and community well-being.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance is thrilled to be building a growing chapter of African American domestic workers in Atlanta. NDWA was founded in Atlanta in 2007, and Atlanta has been home to the domestic worker’s movement that we are building on – from the Atlanta washerwomen’s strike of 1881, led by the Washing Society; to the Atlanta-based National Domestic Workers Union of America in the 1960s and 70s led by Dorothy Bolden. We are excited and proud to deepen our organizing effort in Atlanta and the South!
Human trafficking is violation of human rights that can involve people of any age, gender, occupation, country of origin, or education level. It is an international problem with complex roots related to economic inequality, restrictive immigration policies, gender-based discrimination, and inadequate labor rights, among other issues.
Organizing across generations and communities to bring dignity and value to the contributions of our nation’s aging population and the workforce who cares for them.
Visit the Caring Across Generations campaign website to learn more about this exciting and necessary new campaign, share care stories, and take action.
Victory at Last! Domestic Workers win Global Recognition with the Adoption of the ILO Convention for Domestic Workers.
On June 16, 2011, Governments, Employers and Workers of the world at the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland adopted the First Convention and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. When the vote was announced, domestic workers unfurled a banner that read “C189: Congratulations! Now for the “domestic work” of governments- RATIFY.” Support for the Convention was overwhelming, with 396 voting in favor, and only 16 voting against (all employers), with an additional 63 abstaining. The Recommendation passed with 90% approval. Press Release >>
Inspiring Victory for Domestic Workers! We Made History! New York becomes first state to recognize domestic workers
After six years of organizing by domestic workers together with unions, employers, clergy and community organizations, the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (A1470B/S2311E) on July 1, 2010. Domestic workers are finally recognized as real workers under the law!!
#BeTheHelp was a campaign created to give everyone who has been moved by the motion picture “The Help” a way to be a part of improving the lives and working conditions of domestic workers.
On Oscar night NDWA hosted #BeTheHelp Academy Award viewing parties all around the nation to keep talking with our friends and family about how domestic workers touch our lives and do the work that makes all other work possible.