White House event celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander heritage

Joie Chen, the anchor of Al Jazeera America’s “America Tonight,” moderated a panel discussion with prominent women in the AAPI community including Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Mini Timmaraju, the national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. They discussed the overlap of issues of both women and AAPIs with a focus on immigrants and workers’ rights.

NDWA Featured in #BlackWorkersMatter report

NDWA is proud to be featured in a new report from the Discount Foundation, #BlackWorkersMatter. As the report's executive summary states:

Homecare workers left out of minimum wage, OT protections

Most people think that the right to earn the minimum wage, like child labor laws, is a given throughout our economy. But there’s an entire workforce that’s been left out — and it’s the second-fastest growing occupation in our nation. 

I’m referring to the two million homecare workers in our country today, who continue to be excluded from not only the right to minimum wage, but also overtime and basic protections that most of us take for granted.  

'My mother, who cleans housing for a living, deserves respect'

My mother earns a living cleaning houses and caring for children. Growing up, I was taught to respect her. But Illinois law does not give her the same respect that I do.

Domestic workers like my mother have been left out of Illinois’ minimum wage since it was created. The state law also excludes her from other basic protections, such as the right to be free from sexual harassment, to take unpaid meal breaks during long shifts and to have one day off work each week.

Q&A with Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter

Alicia Garza is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. Here she discusses her work with marginalized communities and why inclusion is an essential aspect of any society.

Please speak a little about your background. How did you end up working with the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance?

Our Country is at a Critical Juncture in the Wake of Freddie Gray's Killing

Women Stand with Baltimore, Say Democracy, Dignity, and Fairness at Stake

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In response to the killing of Freddie Gray, Mya Hall, and others by the Baltimore Police Department, the protests in the street, and the mobilization of the National Guard to enforce a nightly curfew the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) issued the following statement:

Women, Black Groups Mark 5 Years of Arizona Immigration Law

For organizers like Celeste Faison, the fight for civil rights isn't limited to the U.S.-born black community. It also extends to immigrants who experience hardships caused by what she sees as the nation's broken immigration system.

"Our struggles are not necessarily the same in every aspect, but our experiences are similar," said Faison, who is the black organizing coordinator for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Nannies, Aides For Elderly Push For Labor Law Protections

HARTFORD — Nannies, maids, gardeners, personal chefs, chauffeurs and caregivers for the elderly are asking Connecticut to change labor laws to require that they be paid at least the minimum wage.

Currently, domestic workers and farm workers are excluded from federal laws that established the right to a minimum wage and to overtime.

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Natalacia Tracy, a leader in getting Massachusetts to pass such a law, said Tuesday it's time for Connecticut to become the fifth state to expand protections for domestic workers.

Domestic Workers Push for Bill of Rights at Connecticut State House

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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