Ai-jen Poo, MacArthur Fellow and Author of 'The Age of Dignity' on Caring for Our Elders

Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012, activist Ai-jen Poo is hoping to change the way we care for elders in our country.

NDWA Director Ai-jen Poo on Tavis Smiley

National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo discussed her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, with Tavis Smiley on February 16, 2015

Tavis: Let me start by asking the obvious question. How–I was going to say bad. That’s the wrong word. How significant a challenge in terms of numbers is this going to be in the coming years?

Announcing the Beyond Survival Fund

On January 26th, 2015, the National Domestic Workers Alliance will proudly launch the Beyond Survival Fund, an emergency fund for domestic worker survivors of human trafficking in our membership. This fund will provide urgent financial relief to help survivors rebuild their lives and to ensure their voices are included in advocacy.

Judge Rules That Home Care Workers Are Really Just ‘Companions’

Labor advocates expected 2015 to be the year that some long-overdue respect finally comes to workers who provide home-based care for seniors and people with disabilities. But just as a federal reform granting those workers minimum wage and overtime pay was to be enacted this month, a district court judge has ruled in favor of the industry’s objections to giving home care workers equal rights. With the revisions blocked for now, the new year brings more hardship and uncertainty to a workforce on which hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people depend.

After legal defeats, an uncertain future for low-wage home care

The 2 million in-home workers who tend to the nation's elderly and disabled have had a tough year in the courts. First there was Harris v.

Home Care Workers Denied The Right To Make Minimum Wage And Overtime

Emily puts in long days, often working 16 hours in one day. But she doesn’t get a dime of overtime pay; her employer pays her the same daily rate as if she worked 12 hours no matter how many she actually did. That’s because she’s a home care worker, and under a current loophole called the “companionship exemption,” she and her coworkers aren’t required to be paid overtime or minimum wage.

Homecare Workers Can’t Afford to Wait Any Longer: States Must Move Forward in Granting Fair Wages and Overtime Pay

For Immediate Release

From: National Domestic Workers Alliance
Contact: Rosana Reyes,, (415) 505-2510

NDWA 2014 Year In Review

2014 was a banner year for NDWA. The year marked several milestones for our domestic worker movement. Through bold and innovative action we continued to win dignity and respect for nannies, housecleaners and care workers. Domestic workers across the country continued to lead the movement for low-wage immigrant and women of color to change the way our economy and society value their work. As an alliance we grew to 45 affiliates harnessing the power of domestic workers through training, strategy and base building.

Two NDWA Staff Recognized Among "14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014"

3, 4 & 5: Even if you don’t recognize the names of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, you’ve no doubt experienced the hashtag-turned-movement these three queer women created: #BlackLivesMatter.

US domestic and home care workers show how to make social change happen

The National Domestic Workers Alliance has made huge gains for the low paid, excluded from employment protections – and its vision could inspire others.