News

National Domestic Workers Alliance Statement on President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

The National Domestic Workers Alliance applauds President Obama’s leadership, taking the first, critical step in addressing long-standing problems in our immigration system. This important Executive Action will provide the opportunity for millions of undocumented immigrants who are already part of our families and communities, to come out of the shadows into the full light of our economy and democracy. This includes hundreds of thousands of undocumented domestic workers, who provide critical care, support and services to growing numbers of American working families every day.

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Today marks the 19th annual National Day of Protest To Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It also marks the 74th day since Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police Department officer Darren Wilson. It has been 74 days since Leslie McSpadden hugged her son.

NDWA Remembers Misty Upham

We are so deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Misty Upham. Misty Upham, actress and activist, was an important advocate of domestic workers rights. She used her public platform to stand in solidarity with our movement, and we will be forever grateful and proud of her generosity and courage.  

As Ferguson ‘Weekend of Resistance’ Begins, Organizers Weigh How to Turn a Moment into a Movement

Thousands of activists are expected to converge on Ferguson, Missouri starting Friday, October 10, for a “Weekend of Resistance” to support the ongoing protest movement that arose in the wake of the police killing of Michael Brown on August 9. Ferguson October, as the initiative is called, was organized by a coalition of recently formed and longstanding community organizations in the St.

Facing Race Spotlight: Organizer Alicia Garza on Why Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza calls Oakland home but is one of the many black organizers who’ve flocked to Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. For Garza, who serves as special projects director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, her presence in Ferguson gave her the opportunity to support local activists as they worked to build sustainable leadership. It was also a chance to put into action a saying that’s become somewhat of a movement slogan in recent months: “Black Lives Matter.”

National Domestic Workers Alliance Statement on DOL Homecare Regulations

Today the Department of Labor took an important first step in creating a sustainable and caring economy that works for both homecare workers and consumers. By confirming its commitment to extend basic labor protections to home care workers, 2 million people - most of whom are immigrant women and women of color - will now be able to access minimum wage and overtime pay after 75 years of exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

An Invisible Workforce: Home Care Workers Are Highly Valued but Overworked and Underpaid

Baby boomers are retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day, and because of advances in medicine, the elderly population is booming. Often these groups need help from home care workers -- an unregulated workforce that is often poorly paid and works inconsistent hours. 

A two-day summit in St. Louis starting Oct. 6 -- Caring Across Generations -- will for the first time bring domestic and home care workers together to find ways to professionalize their workforce with better pay and conditions, as their work becomes increasingly called on over the next decade.

Organized Labor Takes on Race and Michael Brown

NDWA Atlanta Chapter director Tamieka Atkins was featured in an article on race and organized labor in Colorlines.  Read the whole article here.

Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

“Mariah” is a small woman with an unexpectedly intense stare. All of us in the hotel conference room crane our necks to see her as she rises to address the table of advocates and NGO representatives gathered for a meeting on safe migration.

She declares her story: she has just returned from Jordan, where she had been working as a domestic worker. To get there, she had sold her land—she needed every penny she could scrounge.

Pages