Press Releases

Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Rights and Protections Gov. Signs Landmark Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Contact:
Lydia Edwards, 617-981-4790 MCDW
Monica Halas, 617-603-1666 Greater Boston Legal Services

(Boston, MA) Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on Wednesday, July 2, in a signing ceremony with domestic workers and their allies. After several years of garnering support and bringing the plight of domestic workers to the Commonwealth, the bill will become law. The bill goes into effect in 3 months with wage provisions by April 2015.

The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights amends Massachusetts state law to guarantee basic labor protections such as clarity on what constitutes working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and protection from the abuses of trafficking and from retaliation for asserting wage violations. This is the first bill of its kind in the state of Massachusetts, and the first in the country to require written contracts, notice for live-in workers and maternity leave.

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

CONTACT:
Meghan Vesel, Brazilian Immigrant Center, 1-404-583-1682, meghanvesel@global.t-bird.edu
Natalicia Tracy, nat-tracy@msn.com, (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.

Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts House

Law Would Provide Fuller Labor Protections for state’s Domestic Workers 

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CONTACT:
Monica Halas 617-331-0622

(Boston, MA) Today the state’s House of Representatives passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights moving it one step closer to becoming a law that ensures workers have basic labor protections such as clarity on what constitutes working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and protection from the abuses of trafficking and from retaliation for asserting wage violations.

Domestic Workers make all other work possible --- that has been the rallying cry for hundreds of members of the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers as they have organized tirelessly to ensure dignity and respect for the state’s nannies, house cleaners and care workers.

"I am proud to be a part of making history and assuring that nannies, house cleaners and personal care attendants are treated with respect," said Representative Michael Moran, lead sponsor of the bill.

Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts Senate

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CONTACT: Lydia Edwards 617 603 1540
Monica Halas 617 331 0622

Law Would Provide Fuller Labor Protections for Domestic Workers in the Commonwealth

(Boston, MA) Today the state Senate passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights 39-0 with clear bi-partisan support, moving one step closer to becoming a law that ensures workers have basic labor protections such as clarity on what constitutes working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and protection from the abuses of trafficking and from retaliation for asserting wage violations.

Domestic Workers make all other work possible --- that has been the rallying cry for hundreds of members of the MA Coalition for Domestic Workers as they have organized tirelessly to ensure dignity and respect for Massachusetts’ nannies, house cleaners and care workers.

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:

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