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.

Pope's tweet opens window to an invisible workforce

Juana Flores, co-director of NDWA member Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and former NDWA board-chair of the National Domestic Worker Alliance, published this op-ed in the National Catholic Reporter.

Yesterday Pope Francis tweeted: “May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregiver; theirs is a precious service.”  With one simple message in honor of St. Martha, the patron saint of cooks and housekeepers, the pope encouraged the world to care for the workers who care for us everyday.

An immigrant’s right to belong

J knows a bargain when she sees one, and can’t bear to pass it up. She once hauled a dozen rolls of paper towels from her flat in Brooklyn to the Upper East Side home of her employers because she found them on sale and didn’t want her bosses to pay more than they had to.

NDWA Allies Reflect on Massachusetts Victory

This past month, several of our allies blogged about the recent passage of the nation's strongest Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in Massachusetts.  Read what they have to say here:

AFL-CIO: Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Nation’s Strongest Bill of Rights

Impending elder boom demands a higher-paid work force of caregivers

On its surface, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Harris v. Quinn was about unions. But it's really about all of us, and the future we want for our country, particularly in light of the baby-boom generation reaching retirement age.

Governor Patrick signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law

Governor Patrick signed into law a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on Wednesday, making Massachusetts the fourth state in the country to provide protections for nannies and housekeepers that most employees at companies take for granted.

Under the new law, in-home workers will have basic labor protections including more clearly defined working hours and tasks, as well as freedom from sexual harassment, trafficking, and retaliation for complaining about wage violations.

Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Rights and Protections Gov. Signs Landmark Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Lydia Edwards, 617-981-4790 MCDW
Monica Halas, 617-603-1666 Greater Boston Legal Services

(Boston, MA) Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on Wednesday, July 2, in a signing ceremony with domestic workers and their allies. After several years of garnering support and bringing the plight of domestic workers to the Commonwealth, the bill will become law. The bill goes into effect in 3 months with wage provisions by April 2015.

Statement on the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court Case Decision

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court made a decision that threatens the fundamental right of state-funded home care workers in Illinois to make progress towards living wage jobs. The organization of home care workers has occurred over the last 30 years, by workers who diligently organized to find a pathway out of poverty toward meaningful economic opportunity

6 Groups That Are Reinventing Organized Labor

Since 2007, NDWA has worked to organize nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers — many of whom work in a one-or-two-employer/one-employee relationship, behind closed doors in private homes.

Mariana Viturro, deputy director of the nonprofit organization, told ThinkProgress that alliance has focused on “worker-led grassroots campaigns.”