Press Releases

Connecticut Senators Consider Amendment to Exclude Au Pairs from Basic Labor Protections

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org
c: 708.990.0389 | @MarzenaZukowska

Domestic Worker Activists Stand with Low-Wage Foreign Childcare Workers and Urge Senate Opposition to Amendment

**Interviews with au pairs available upon request**

(Hartford, Connecticut) -- Last week, Senator Len Fasano, 24th District, proposed excluding au pairs from the Connecticut Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (SB 393), thereby undermining basic labor rights for domestic workers across the state (Amendment 4420). This amendment, backed by State Department-designated au pair sponsor agencies, would allow sponsors to continue to profit while au pairs, most of whom currently earn $4.35 per hour, are excluded from critical employment law protections.  

Chicago’s Domestic Workers Make Headway in Springfield This Week, Lobbying for State’s First Bill of Rights

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org
c: 708.990.0389 | @MarzenaZukowska

(Chicago, IL) — Last week, a delegation of 30 domestic workers from Chicago traveled to the Illinois State Capitol, advancing efforts to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (HB1288), legislation that would guarantee domestic workers across the state with basic employment protections. The delegation, made up of nannies, housecleaners, and home care workers from the Illinois Domestic Workers Coalition and other allies, met with co-sponsors Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Representative Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero) about the progress of the legislation, which is now awaiting an amendment and a vote in the Senate.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance Applauds White House Proposals for More Portable and Accessible Retirement Benefits for All Workers

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska, Earned Media Strategist
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org
c: 708.990.0389

Washington, DC — The National Domestic Workers Alliance applauds today’s White House announcement to make retirement benefits as mobile as today’s workforce.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Announces 2016 Expansion of Beyond Survival Anti-Trafficking Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2015

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska, Earned Media Strategist
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org
c: 708.990.0389

Washington, DC – To mark this year’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), a network of organizations that represent nannies, housecleaners, and care workers across the U.S., announces the growth of its Beyond Survival anti-trafficking campaign. Since 2013, Beyond Survival has focused on shifting the narrative around human trafficking and building the capacity of domestic worker survivors to lead the anti-trafficking movement. In 2016, Beyond Survival will expand the demographic and geographic diversity of its work and further anti-trafficking awareness by doubling the number of organizations anchoring the campaign, launching its inaugural Beyond Survival Fund as an emergency source of funding that directly supports survivors, and expanding its 2016 policy agenda.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Applauds Georgia Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold Minimum Wage for Home Care Workers

Securing Floor Protections for Home Care Workers Is Key To Strengthening One of America’s Most Critical and Fastest Growing Workforces

Atlanta, Georgia -- The National Domestic Workers Alliance and its Atlanta Chapter applaud this week’s decision by the Georgia Supreme Court in Anderson et al v. Southern Home Care Services, Inc. et al.. The court’s decision allows a federal class action case brought by several homecare workers to continue against Southern Home Care Services and against Res-Care, Inc., despite assertions to the contrary Res-Care, a by the publicly traded corporation argued that these homecare workers should be found not to be protected by neither Georgia nor federal wage laws. The decision is another step forward in the long-time effort to secure basic floor protections and dignity for home care workers, a significant and growing workforce across the country.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Commends the Groundbreaking Introduction of Caregiving Issues into 2016 Presidential Campaign

MEDIA CONTACT: Marzena Zukowska, Earned Media Strategist
EMAIL: marzena@domesticworkers.org
PHONE: 708.990.0389

New York, New York – The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) applauds the recognition of policymakers, including the country’s 2016 presidential candidates, of caregiving as a national priority. Recognizing that care work is essential to our economy and our society demonstrates the real economic and cultural value of the two million workers that care for families, seniors, and people with disabilities. NDWA is a co-founder of Caring Across Generations, a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities, and aging Americans that is working to transform the way America cares.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Applauds Appeals Court Decision Granting Two Million Home Care Workers Basic Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

Securing Basic Protections for Home Care Workers Is Crucial to Strengthening Critical, Growing Workforce

Washington, DC – Caring Across Generations applauds today’s decision in the case Home Care Association, et al. v. Weil, et al. by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Resolving the lawsuit brought by for-profit home care associations against a new Department of Labor rule that would grant home care workers the right to minimum wage and overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the panel of three judges ruled that the Department of Labor was acting within its authority when it updated FLSA regulations in recognition of the changing nature of homecare.

Oregon Becomes 5th State to Pass Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers

For Immediate Release
Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro
Jennifer Dillon, 773-860-7877, jennifer@domesticworkers.org

Governor Brown to sign SB 552 into law today, ending 77 years of exclusion

Salem, OR  - June 17, 2015

The struggle of Oregon domestic workers will be vindicated today when Governor Brown signs the Oregon Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (SB 552) into law.

The Oregon Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights corrects an historic wrong by including domestic workers in the basic labor laws afforded most other workers. Domestic workers were intentionally excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as a concession to Southern politicians in the early 1900’s. This exclusion was mirrored on the state level, creating an unregulated and underground economy that left the state’s approximate 10,000 domestic workers subject to widespread mistreatment and abuse.

Domestic Workers Push for Bill of Rights at Connecticut State House

For immediate release
Contact: Natalicia Tracy 617-784-2756 nat-tracy@msn.com
B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

Domestic Workers Push for Bill of Rights at Connecticut State House
Workers, employers, and families urge passage of SB446 to make Connecticut fifth state to finally include domestic workers in standard protections

Heartened by New Haven signing a resolution endorsing their bill and in the wake of neighboring Massachusetts implementing their Bill of Rights earlier this month, domestic workers and allies are pressing Connecticut lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 446 to modernize state law and correct a historic wrong. They say the law will ensure dignity, respect, and basic protections by finally including them in labor standards almost all other workers count on already.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Director, Ai-jen Poo, Named Top 15 World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine

As the leader of one of the most significant new forces in organized labor, Ai-jen Poo has become the foremost advocate for living wages and health care benefits for the often ignored and underpaid nannies, housekeepers, and other at-home caregivers all over the country.” – Fortune.com

(New York, NY)— Fortune Magazine named Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), to the 2015 World’s Greatest Leaders List, the magazine’s annual list of the most influential in the world.

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