America's most invisible workforce is the one we need the most

I started organizing domestic workers 16 years ago. I signed up nannies, housekeepers and home health aides at parks and train stations as they quietly took care of our children, our households and our elders. Many of them had no clue about labor laws or their rights as workers – they struggled to make ends meet with extremely low pay and no benefits – but they performed their jobs with dedication and took care of our loved ones with pride, dignity and grace.

A Capstone in a Career Spent Fighting for the Rights of Domestic Workers

Ai-jen Poo jumped into a taxi after her flight from Chicago touched down at La Guardia Airport last week, hurtling straight into Manhattan for four days of back-to-back meetings devoted to improving the lives of domestic workers.

MacArthur fellow Ai-jen Poo on why she fights for the rights of domestic workers

As a freshly-minted Columbia University graduate, Ai-jen Poo had no time to waste.  For years she had been volunteering in a shelter helping battered women who were seeking protection from abusive situations. Now she had time to expand her efforts, and she began a campaign to organize the city’s thousands of domestic workers, many of whom were immigrants with little understanding of the U.S. legal system and its labor protection laws. Many worked long hours at low pay, with no sick time, vacation days or health benefits; many were trapped because they had nowhere else to go.

NDWA Director Ai-jen Poo Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation announced this morning that NDWA Director and Caring Across Generations Co-Director Ai-jen Poo was selected as one of the MacArthur Fellows Class of 2014.

A message from Ai-jen:

I am so honored to be among the Class of 2014 MacArthur Fellows.  I am humbled to see my name among visionaries whose work is transforming our world.

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.