Working-Class Voters Hold Key to 2016

To win in 2016, candidates in both parties must capture working class voters of all stripes.

Presidential candidates from both parties are tossing around ideas about how to help everyday working Americans.

But something’s missing. Strongmen on the right are speaking almost exclusively to white, working-class voters, stoking populist resentment toward people of color—both immigrants and African Americans. Progressives, for their part, are calling for better wages and quality of life across the board, including for those vilified on the right.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Commends the Groundbreaking Introduction of Caregiving Issues into 2016 Presidential Campaign

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Can the Online Economy Become A Labor Leader?

A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow and labor organizer Ai-jen Poo

Chances are that when you think of the online economy you’re not likely to think about progressive labor practices. In fact, online economy giants Amazon and Uber have recently come under fire for their labor standards and policies, the latter now dealing with a class-action lawsuit over its classification of Uber drivers as independent contractors.

Tech firms focus on empowering on-demand workers

What if some of the technology that has made the on-demand economy a boon for consumers was used to help the people who deliver the groceries, baby-sit our kids or offer us rides?

Benefits, full employment and training are some of the perks of a traditional job that are missing for the most part for this contingent labor force.

A Nanny Speaks Up

This is real work. Domestic workers make every work possible. If we don’t go to work employers can’t go to their jobs. Don’t we deserve respect? Don’t we deserve to not feel like slaves?
— Jennifer Bernard

Professional women need somebody to look after the house...but people don’t like to think about it. I think women find it more uncomfortable to think about than men because so many of these people are women.
— Alison Wolf

2 New Initiatives Call for Benefits, Safety Net for Gig Workers

Work is changing. More people than ever — some 53 million Americans and growing — work for themselves or piece together a variety of gigs. But laws haven’t kept pace with the economy’s rapid evolution, depriving many freelancers of the benefits and protections of full-time jobs.

Now momentum is building for broad-based nationwide efforts to improve the lives of independent workers. Two initiatives unveiled this week — a call for portable benefits and a Good Work Code — seek to provide a social safety net and guarantees of stability alongside flexibility.

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IDWF President Myrtle Witbooi earns Global Fairness Award

The Global Fairness Initiative honored International Domestic Worker Federation President Myrtle Witbooi as one of three 2015 Global Fairness Award recipients. This extraordinary recognition of Myrtle's lifetime achievement celebrated her years of organizing domestic workers in South Africa, and now around the world.

It’s time to build a movement for good work. Are you with us?

The on-demand economy has delightfully solved for convenience and efficiency to get customers what they want, when they want it. It has also enabled people to find new ways of earning income. Stay-at-home moms can capitalize on the time between family responsibilities. People in-between jobs can patch their income while they consider their next career move.

On-demand economy like 'Wild, Wild West'

Flexibility, livable wages and room for growth. These are just a few things that make up a "good" job.

That's according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which wants to make sure the growing number of on-demand jobs are good jobs.

This week, it announced an initiative called the Good Work Code, which aims to set standards for on-demand firms.