Press Releases

National Domestic Workers Alliance receives $42,000 from CREDO to organize for dignity, respect and labor protections for domestic workers!

CREDO Empowers Customers to Support Progressive Nonprofits

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2014

Contact: Rosana Reyes, 415.505.2510 Rosana@domesticworkers.org

San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced that it is donating over $42,000 to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) for the group’s tireless work to win dignity, respect and labor protections for domestic workers. CREDO has donated more than $76 million to organizations committed to social change since the company was founded in 1985.

“We are so grateful to CREDO for the opportunity to participate in this program and to the CREDO customers and supporters who cast a vote and helped us win this funding!" said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of NDWA. “We have big plans for 2014 and this award will help us continue to support our members organizing to win dignity, respect and labor protections in Massachusetts, Illinois, Connecticut and beyond!”

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

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2013
CONTACT: Irene Jor, National Domestic Workers Alliance
617-953-3285 irene@domesticworkers.org
Aquilina Soriano Versoza, Pilipino Workers Center
213-422-3341 aqui@pwcsc.org

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.

Governor Brown Signs California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

California addresses a historic inequity—guarantees daily overtime pay for thousands of domestic workers

Sacramento– Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 241 Ammiano), approving daily overtime pay for all domestic workers. Domestic workers, employers, and community leaders have been fighting for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights for seven years, and this year’s escalated efforts have turned the tide towards a historic victory.

“Guaranteeing daily overtime for all domestic workers is a momentous win for us,” said Marcela Escamilla, a domestic worker from San Francisco. “This is a big step for respecting and recognizing domestic work as real work, and the fight doesn’t stop here. The fire for this movement will now burn brighter for domestic workers across the country fighting for the same recognition.”

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

For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2013

Contact: Rachel Tardiff, 202.746.1507, Rachel@FitzgibbonMedia.com

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."

Domestic Workers and Labor Leaders Call on Senators to Pass California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Media Advisory for Sept. 10

Contact: AFL-CIO: Gonzalo Salvador/Luis Santoyo, 202-297-9878
NDWA: Andrea Mercado, 954-303-7202, Katie Joaquin, 510-388-0025

Representatives from the International Domestic Workers Network travel from different nations across the world to join the fight for dignity and rights for all workers

(Los Angeles, Calif.) - On Tuesday, September 10, during the AFL-CIO Quadrennial Convention being held in Los Angeles, representatives from the International Domestic Workers Network, the U.S.-based National Domestic Workers Alliance, the California Domestic Workers Coalition and union members will join forces to call on California State Senators to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 241, Ammiano). If approved, the bill would extend overtime to all domestic workers.

“Healthcare for All” Campaign Launches: Domestic Workers Urge State to Expand Healthcare Coverage for 650,000 Georgians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2013

CONTACT:
Tamieka Atkins
Tamieka@domesticworkers.org
646-334-9503

(Atlanta) On Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 5:30pm, the Atlanta Chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance is holding a press conference and rally to announce the launch of our six-month campaign championing Medicaid Expansion entitled Healthcare For All. Medicaid Expansion – a critical, yet optional piece of the Affordable Care Act – will allow 650,000 more Georgians to access health insurance in an affordable manner. Securing Medicaid Expansion is literally life or death for domestic workers – 65 percent of domestic workers do not have health insurance, and only 4 percent receive employer-provided health insurance. The Atlanta Chapter of The National Domestic Workers Alliance is a member of Cover Georgia – a coalition of patient and consumer advocates, providers, and industry stakeholders who have come together around a common goal: covering Georgia’s uninsured by expanding Medicaid. Speakers at the event will include:

Senator de Leon becomes a caregiver for a day, urges the need to extend labor rights to all domestic workers

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR
August 16, 2013

CONTACT: Mercy Albaran, mercy@mujeresunidas.net, 510-816-0486
CJ Frogozo, cj@fitzgibbonmedia.com, 310 570 2622

Los Angeles, CA — Although California legislators have just returned from summer recess, Senator Kevin de Leon will serve as caregiver for a domestic employer to demonstrate the importance of domestic work and the need for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 241 Ammiano). In California, labor protections covering domestic workers are unclear and leave some workers out entirely. This gap is rooted in the false notion that personal attending is not a legitimate full-time profession. AB 241 would extend labor protections such as overtime pay and meal and rest breaks to the domestic workers that care for California’s families and loved ones. The state legislature will be considering AB 241 in the upcoming weeks.

Destination, Governor Brown: Domestic Workers Drive for Dignity

Hundreds of domestic workers, employers and civic leaders converge at the Capitol to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to approve overtime and breaks for domestic workers

San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sonoma, Sacramento – On the day Senators return from recess, Californians from across the state will launch a caravan calling on Governor Brown to sign AB 241. During this 2-day caravan, mass actions will be held in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Sonoma. Actions will feature high profile Latino, Women, and Interfaith leaders in support of AB 241, which would extend rights to overtime pay and rest breaks to domestic workers that care for California’s families and loved ones. The caravan culminates in a vibrant 300+ person march to the capitol, where supporters will be joined by Senators and Assemblymembers urging for AB 241’s passage.

Who:

Senator to Shadow Domestic Worker

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR
August 7, 2013

CONTACT:
Mercy Albaran, mercy@mujeresunidas.net, 510-816-0486
Anna Zuccaro, anna@fitzgibbonmedia.com, 914-523-9145

Senator Yee serves as a personal attendant to employer of a domestic worker, shows urgent need to extend labor rights to all domestic workers

San Francisco — As California legislators prepare to return from summer recess, Senator Leland Yee will serve as personal attendant for a domestic employer to demonstrate the importance of domestic work and the need for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 241 Ammiano). In California, labor protections covering domestic workers are unclear and leave some workers out entirely. This gap is rooted in the false notion that personal attending is not a legitimate full-time profession. AB 241 would extend labor protections such as overtime pay and meal and rest breaks to the domestic workers that care for California’s families and loved ones. The state legislature will be considering AB 241 in the upcoming weeks.

Hundreds of Domestic Workers to Rally in “Countdown to Dignity” for Fair Labor Protections for In-Home Caregivers

ADVISORY FOR
July 23, 2013

Contacts: Rachel Tardiff, Rachel@FitzGibbonMedia.com, 202 746 1507
CJ Frogozo, CJ@FitzGibbonMedia.com, 310 570 2622

Workers and Supporters Call on White House, Department of Labor to Release New Rules Extending Minimum Wage, Other Basic Workplace Standards to Care Workforce

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 23, hundreds of domestic workers and their supporters will rally as part of a “Countdown to Dignity,” supporting the release of new rules from the Department of Labor extending minimum wage and other basic workplace protections to in-home caregivers. The workers are in Washington for the National Domestic Workers Alliance National Congress, which brings together workers from across the country to spotlight domestic workers issues through organizing sessions and meetings with legislators.

Nearly two years ago, President Obama pledged to extend basic workplace rights to in-home workers. While new rules have been proposed, they have yet to be finalized. Organizers hope the newly confirmed Labor Secretary Tom Perez and the White House will finalize the new regulations any day now.

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