Press Releases

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.

International Domestic Workers Federation Presents at UN: Organizing for Women Migrants' Rights

For the next two weeks, the United Nations will be the central site for any effort to address gender equality as world governments attend the Commission on the Status of Women: Implementing the Beijing Platform of 1995. At the events, domestic workers from multiple countries will push for adoption of international labor standards and labor projections for domestic workers as central components of any plan for women’s rights in the next twenty years.

In a rare opportunity, representatives of the International Domestic Worker Federation, a global network formed in 2006 representing the 53 million member workforce with 47 affiliates in 43 countries, will take the stage at the historic event to speak to the phenomena of forced labor and common abuse within domestic and care work.

Domestic Workers from Across Globe Urge Inclusion at United Nations Women’s Summit

Domestic Workers from Across Globe Urge Inclusion at United Nations Women’s Summit
Historic Gathering Expected to Set Global Women’s Agenda for Next Twenty Years

For Immediate Release
Contact: B. Loewe, bloewe@onpoint.pro, 773.791.4668

March 8, 2015 – New York, NY
For the next two weeks, the United Nations will be the central site for any effort to address gender equality as world governments attend the Commission on the Status of Women: Implementing the Beijing Platform of 1995. At the events, domestic workers from multiple countries will push for adoption of international labor standards and labor projections for domestic workers as central components of any plan for women’s rights in the next twenty years.

In a rare opportunity, representatives of the International Domestic Worker Federation, a global network formed in 2006 representing the 53 million member workforce with 47 affiliates in 43 countries, will take the stage at the historic event to speak to the phenomena of forced labor and common abuse within domestic and care work.

We Will Not Rest Until Our Children Are Safe

Mothers Stand Together In Wake of Grand Jury’s Failure to Press Charges Against Police Officer Darren Wilson

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rosana Reyes, rosana@domesticworkers.org, (415) 505-2510

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) stands in solidarity with the community of Ferguson in the wake of the grand jury’s failure to press charges against Ferguson County Police Officer, Darren Wilson.   In the aftermath of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, NDWA staff went to Ferguson for several weeks to provide support to the community efforts to bring accountability to Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department. Now, women and mothers of the organization are expressing their grief and messages of solidarity.

“My heart hurts for Leslie McSpadden. As a mother, I understand the daily fear of trying to protect your children from the police. How do I tell my sons that the very people that are supposed to protect you could hurt or kill you and will not be held accountable? Something is very wrong with that story,” said Lovette Kargbo Thompson, a member of NDWA’s Atlanta Chapter.

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 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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