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

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

**Interviews with au pairs available upon request**

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

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Meet The Gig Economy Companies That See Investing In Workers As A Smart Business Strategy

Evan Bochner is part of what’s often dubbed the “on-demand economy” or the “gig economy,” the growing collection of app-based startups providing services to clients at the click of a button. The 27-year-old handyman works 30 to 40 hours a week for the New York City-based office cleaning and maintenance company. He does everything from assembling desks, shelves and chairs to unclogging toilets, painting and electrical work.

#31Days of Feminism: Ai-jen Poo

What do you love the most about the work you do?

When services allow organising, trafficked workers win

Emergency rooms, social security offices, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement outposts consigned into strip malls: places that manage to be dreary and fluorescent at the same time. A decade ago, on any given day of the week, I’d be bringing an abused domestic worker through some new round of administrative hoop-jumping in one of these places so she could be classified and serviced as a ‘victim of human trafficking’. But was any of this really making a difference? It took me a few years on the job to figure it out.

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

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

Uber Drivers and Others in the Gig Economy Take a Stand

Last September, Dallas-area drivers for UberBlack, the company’s high-end car service, received an email informing them that they would be expected to start picking up passengers on UberX, its low-cost option.

The Sharing Economy Is Labor’s Next Hope

When Uber, Lyft, Handy, and a handful of other companies funded by venture capital began earning huge amounts of money after investing in the informal economy, it was because they understood a simple equation. In exchange for providing the name, job site, and payment for a given task—automated through a proprietary algorithm—an independent contractor would agree, in turn, to provide a service and hand over a sometimes-sizeable commission for the privilege of working.

The Values Revolution: Embedding Empathy in the New Economy

Much has been written about how our economy is changing, particularly in light of the digital revolution. This economy is defined by entirely new ways of organizing and working together, by an energizing sense of possibility, and by a seemingly insatiable thirst for problem solving.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: Obama Overlooked Black Women

The president’s State of the Union address failed to address our issues

Tuesday night, I sat as the guest of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) at President Obama’s final State of the Union. I waited for him to discuss or even announce a plan to address the needs of black people in America—especially black cisgender and transgender women and black immigrant women, who continue to be overlooked, underpaid, undervalued and in the midst of continual attacks on our lives.

I was deeply disappointed, and, unfortunately, not surprised.

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