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.  

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.

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.

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.