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Announcing the Beyond Survival Fund

On January 26th, 2015, the National Domestic Workers Alliance will proudly launch the Beyond Survival Fund, an emergency fund for domestic worker survivors of human trafficking in our membership. This fund will provide urgent financial relief to help survivors rebuild their lives and to ensure their voices are included in advocacy.

Judge Rules That Home Care Workers Are Really Just ‘Companions’

Labor advocates expected 2015 to be the year that some long-overdue respect finally comes to workers who provide home-based care for seniors and people with disabilities. But just as a federal reform granting those workers minimum wage and overtime pay was to be enacted this month, a district court judge has ruled in favor of the industry’s objections to giving home care workers equal rights. With the revisions blocked for now, the new year brings more hardship and uncertainty to a workforce on which hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people depend.

After legal defeats, an uncertain future for low-wage home care

The 2 million in-home workers who tend to the nation's elderly and disabled have had a tough year in the courts. First there was Harris v.

Home Care Workers Denied The Right To Make Minimum Wage And Overtime

Emily puts in long days, often working 16 hours in one day. But she doesn’t get a dime of overtime pay; her employer pays her the same daily rate as if she worked 12 hours no matter how many she actually did. That’s because she’s a home care worker, and under a current loophole called the “companionship exemption,” she and her coworkers aren’t required to be paid overtime or minimum wage.

Homecare Workers Can’t Afford to Wait Any Longer: States Must Move Forward in Granting Fair Wages and Overtime Pay

For Immediate Release

From: National Domestic Workers Alliance
Contact: Rosana Reyes, rosana@domesticworkers.org, (415) 505-2510

NDWA 2014 Year In Review

2014 was a banner year for NDWA. The year marked several milestones for our domestic worker movement. Through bold and innovative action we continued to win dignity and respect for nannies, housecleaners and care workers. Domestic workers across the country continued to lead the movement for low-wage immigrant and women of color to change the way our economy and society value their work. As an alliance we grew to 45 affiliates harnessing the power of domestic workers through training, strategy and base building.

Two NDWA Staff Recognized Among "14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014"

3, 4 & 5: Even if you don’t recognize the names of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, you’ve no doubt experienced the hashtag-turned-movement these three queer women created: #BlackLivesMatter.

US domestic and home care workers show how to make social change happen

The National Domestic Workers Alliance has made huge gains for the low paid, excluded from employment protections – and its vision could inspire others.

Labor's new reality -- it's easier to raise wages for 100,000 than to unionize 4,000

Blocked from unionizing workplaces by ferocious management opposition and laws that fail to keep union activists from being fired, unions have begun to focus on raising wages and benefits for many more workers than they can ever expect to claim as their own. In one sense, this is nothing new: Unions historically have supported minimum wage and occupational safety laws that benefited all workers, not just their members. But they also have recently begun investing major resources in organizing drives more likely to yield new laws than new members.

Thank a Worker This Holiday Season

This month, many families will not cook their meals for the holidays. Rather, they will have domestic workers prepare their meals, clean their homes and help their children prepare for celebrations.

Numerous professionals depend on domestic workers to take care of their homes, cook their food and assist their children and parents in order to fulfill their own careers and enjoy their free time.

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