Burning the Candle at Both Ends: A Reflection on Work in America

Zachary Norris is Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Ai-jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

‘A powerful moment’

Rafaela Ser­rano, L’14, burst with emo­tion as she described wit­nessing Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick sign into law a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights ear­lier this summer. Joy, pride, accomplishment—it was a whirl­wind of sen­ti­ments from the North­eastern stu­dent in the School of Law’s LLM pro­gram.

San Antonio domestic workers seek better pay, conditions

A San Antonio group named Domésticas Unidas, Spanish for United Domestic Workers, will hold a demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the corner of Loop 1604 and U.S. 281.

According to its press advisory, the event — in one of the most affluent areas of the city and one in which many of them work — is “an attempt to inform” employers about the people who clean their homes, prepare their meals, care for their children and provide in-house care for their aging parents.

On Women’s Equality Day, ALL Lives Matter

Today, we join thousands of women across the country to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Ending those restrictions created pathways for women to have a say in the decisions that shape our futures.

NDWA Statement on Ferguson, MO and the death of Michael Brown

The National Domestic Workers Alliance stands with the community of Ferguson, Missouri and all communities impacted by police violence and criminalization. Black lives matter, our children’s lives matter, and we all have the right to live in communities free of fear, harassment, and violence. Black mothers and fathers have the right to see their children grow up and thrive.

Domestic Workers' Champ Envisions Win-Win Future

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--In July, Massachusetts became the fourth state after New York, California and Hawaii to pass a home care workers' bill of rights, which requires such things as unemployment insurance and overtime for workers.

That's all great news to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a network of nannies, housekeepers and caretakers of elderly people that has been working since 2007 to advance public awareness of the important role these workers play in society and to advocate for better work conditions.

Pope's tweet opens window to an invisible workforce

Juana Flores, co-director of NDWA member Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and former NDWA board-chair of the National Domestic Worker Alliance, published this op-ed in the National Catholic Reporter.

Yesterday Pope Francis tweeted: “May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregiver; theirs is a precious service.”  With one simple message in honor of St. Martha, the patron saint of cooks and housekeepers, the pope encouraged the world to care for the workers who care for us everyday.

An immigrant’s right to belong

J knows a bargain when she sees one, and can’t bear to pass it up. She once hauled a dozen rolls of paper towels from her flat in Brooklyn to the Upper East Side home of her employers because she found them on sale and didn’t want her bosses to pay more than they had to.

NDWA Allies Reflect on Massachusetts Victory

This past month, several of our allies blogged about the recent passage of the nation's strongest Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in Massachusetts.  Read what they have to say here:

AFL-CIO: Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Nation’s Strongest Bill of Rights