7/10/15 | David Bornstein | New York Times
Marlene Juarez worked as a nanny for a family near Boston, taking care of four children ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years old; she organized play dates, cooked, did laundry and cleaned a large house. Both parents worked full time and in some weeks asked Juarez to work as many as 60 or 70 hours. Juarez had recently emigrated from Honduras, and was afraid to complain. She couldn’t afford to lose her job. But, once, she requested a few hours off to deal with a personal matter — and in response, her employers docked her pay.
7/10/15 | Maggie Freleng | Women's e-News
A U.S. District court in Washington, D.C., will rule any day on an appeal from the Department of Labor in a case of great importance for the rapidly expanding ranks of homecare workers.
These workers--home health aides and personal care aides who are about 90 percent female--often live with the elderly or disabled people they assist and perform tasks such as bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning and help getting around.
6/19/15 | Alicia Garza | Truthout
NDWA Special Projects Diretcor Alicia Garza has written a powerful response to the attack in Charleston at truthout.org:
We, as a country, in the face of even more Black lives taken way before their time, have a choice to make. It is no longer a question of whether or not racism exists, nor is it a question of whether or not racism is an epidemic that plagues our very existence. The choice we have to make is whether or not we are willing to take it on in a real way.
Our lives, quite literally, depend on it.
6/18/15 | Brandon Southward | Statesman Journal
On Thursday, Oregon became the fifth state to sign a "domestic workers bill of rights" into law.
Senate Bill 552, the Oregon Domestic Workers' Protection Act, puts in place workplace protections for domestic workers such as house cleaners, housekeepers and nannies working in private homes. The provisions include overtime pay, periods of rest, paid personal time and protection against harassment.
6/18/15 | George Rede | The Oregonian
Nannies, housekeepers and home cleaners gained new workplace protections this week when Gov. Kate Brown signed the Oregon Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights into law.
The governor signed Senate Bill 552 on Wednesday extending provisions for overtime pay, rest periods, paid personal time off and protections against sexual harassment and retaliation to an estimated 10,000 domestic workers in Oregon.
6/17/15 | National Domestic Workers Alliance
Governor Brown to sign SB 552 into law today, ending 77 years of exclusion
Salem, OR - June 17, 2015
6/11/15 | Eleanor Goldberg | Huffington Post
Oregon recently joined a handful of states that have committed to granting nannies and housekeepers overdue basic human rights.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance and Hand in Hand are launching a national Fair Care Pledge initiative with Care.com, which will ask the company's over 6 million employer users to become fair domestic employers by providing a living wage, paid time off and clear expectations. The pledge will go out to 1 million of their users on June 10. They will also provide families with tools and resources to meet those obligations. They unveiled it at the Clinton Global Initiative and the Former President Bill Clinton recognized the Fair Care Pledge.
6/10/15 | Bryce Covert | ThinkProgress
Last week, domestic workers — those who care for children and clean inside people’s homes — won two surprise victories securing more rights in Connecticut and Oregon.