Press Releases

100th ILO annual Conference votes for Convention covering domestic workers

Official ILO Press Release

GENEVA, (ILO News) – The government, worker and employer delegates at the 100th annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday, 16 June adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

“We are moving the standards system of the ILO into the informal economy for the first time, and this is a breakthrough of great significance,” said Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General. “History is being made.”

A Historic First for State: Domestic Workers Taskforce will Examine Protections for Connecticut Domestic Workers

Domestic Workers, Employers, Allies Present at Governor Malloy’s signing of the bill into law

Meghan Vesel, Brazilian Immigrant Center, 1-404-583-1682,
Natalicia Tracy,, (617) 784-2756

(Hartford, CT) On Friday, June 20th, Governor Malloy will sign a valued taskforce law to examine the issues that domestic workers face in Connecticut. Earlier in the year the Connecticut Senate unanimously passed HB 5527- An Act Concerning a Domestic Workers Taskforce. More than 40,000 nannies, home-care workers and house-cleaners keep Connecticut’s economy running by providing critical domestic support. This critical yet undervalued workforce has been left to work without many basic legal protections. As a result many workers are vulnerable to exploitation, discrimination and harassment, and have no legal recourse to hold employers accountable.

Advocates Urge Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos in the U.S.


For Immediate Release
December 5, 2013
CONTACT: Irene Jor, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Aquilina Soriano Versoza, Pilipino Workers Center

National day of remembrance and support for Filipino families hit by Typhoon Haiyan

Washington, D.C. – A month after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the impact is still being felt around the world. The death toll has exceeded 5,800. Millions of Filipinos have been displaced, families torn apart, children orphaned, and people made refugees within their own country. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos in the US have family members in hard hit regions. Relief efforts have mobilized the Filipino community in unprecedented ways.

Ai-jen Poo, Domestic Workers’ Rights Activist, Named One of Time Magazine’s Time 100

April 18, 2012

CONTACT: Rachel Tardiff, 202.746.1507

National Domestic Workers Alliance Director, Caring Across Generations Co-Director Makes Time’s Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People In The World

(New York, NY)—TIME named Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, to the 2012 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the April 30 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Thursday, April 19, and now at

CA Domestic Workers, Employers and Labor Leaders Celebrate Historic Vote

International Labour  Organization Votes to incorporate Domestic Workers struggle in general platform

San Francisco, CA- Domestic workers’ organizations across the globe are celebrating the historical vote at the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ensure decent working conditions for domestic workers.  Among those celebrating are the members of the CA Domestic Workers Coalition.

On June 16th, ILO delegates representing unions, governments, and employer organizations from across the world voted on the first ever international Convention for Domestic Workers in Geneva, Switzerland. The gathering took place during the International Labour Conference, the annual meeting of the International Labour Organization, which is part of the United Nations.  The Convention’s vote has given a sign of recognition that domestic workers everywhere are neither servants nor members of the family but people who labor and who are entitled to rights, protections and decent work like any other worker.  Given the abuse and exploitation that many domestic workers face, this is a milestone.

California Assembly Approves Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Assembly approves sensible, clear guidelines for domestic workers and employers
Bill will improve quality of care for families

SACRAMENTO, JUNE 2 - The California Assembly approved AB 889 today, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, sponsored by Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and V.M. Pérez (D-Coachella) passed.  The bill now heads to the Senate for approval. Co-sponsored by Assemblymembers Allen (D- Sonoma), Cedillo (D- LA), Ma (D- San Francisco), Monning (D- Carmel) and Senator De Léon , the bill would improve the quality of care for children, families and seniors by expanding basic labor protections for household workers and setting industry-wide standards. While current exclusions for domestic workers are confusing and leave well-meaning employers vulnerable to liability, the standards AB 889 provides will create clarity and strengthen an industry which is vital to many Californians.

California Domestic Workers Put a Real Face on “The Help”

August 10, 2011


Contacts: Renee Saucedo (415) 425-6575
Claudia Reyes   (415) 621-8140


California Domestic WorkersOn Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 11 am, in front of the Westfield Shopping Center, 865 Market St.  (near 4th St.) , in San Francisco, dozens of domestic workers will mark the opening of the movie, “The Help,” by holding a press conference in front of a main San Francisco movie theatre to expose that the abuses in the film remain rampant today in California. Members of the Statewide Coalition of Domestic Workers will speak out about the employer mistreatment they endure today and how their organization is organizing a statewide campaign to combat it.

California Senate Committee Approves Labor Rights for 200,000 Domestic Workers

Contact: Quintin Mecke: 415-557-3013 (Office); 415.505.2417 (Cell)
Grecia Lima, CA Domestic Workers Coalition: 415.488.6177
Xiomara Corpena, CHIRLA, 323-606-3082

California Senate Committee Approves Labor Rights for 200,000 Domestic Workers

Committee approves sensible clear guidelines benefiting domestic workers and employers

California Domestic Workers Fighting for a Bill of RightsSACRAMENTO – Today the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee voted 5-2 in favor of AB 889. The bill – also known as the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, extends basic, humane labor protections to thousands of nannies, caregivers, and housecleaners and improves the quality of care for California’s families.

Caring Across Generations Applauds New Labor Regulations Protecting In-Home Care Workers

For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2013

Contact: Rachel Tardiff, 202.746.1507,

Department of Labor Announces New Regulations Granting Millions Of Home care Workers Basic Labor Protections

Washington, DC—Today, the Department of Labor announced new regulations to extend basic labor protections to millions of in-home care workers, entitling them to minimum wage and overtime protections and ending 75 years of unfair exclusion from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

"Today, the Department of Labor took an important step towards stabilizing one of America’s fastest-growing workforces, and one made up predominantly of women, women of color, and immigrants,” said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. “This change is a long overdue show of respect for women in the workplace and for the important work of supporting seniors and people with disabilities."

Community Leaders, U.S. Senators Rally to Defend Medicaid, Medicare Amid Fierce Budget Debates

WASHINGTON, D.C.–On Tuesday, July 12, U.S. Senators Al Franken and Sheldon Whitehouse joined 300 community, faith, and labor leaders at the Medicaid Matters Across Generations forum, which was also sponsored by Senators John Kerry, Robert Menendez, Jay Rockefeller, and Barbara Mikulski.

During these final days of federal budget negotiations, the forum brought together members of Congress with grassroots leaders to demand a fair, balanced, and principled approach to the deficit. Our country deserves a budget that does not pay our bills by cutting access to health care for seniors, working families, children, and people with disabilities—while asking nothing of millionaires and billionaires.