The 2022 National Congress took place from September 17 to 18 in Washington, DC. The Congress brough together 150 representatives from each of NDWA’s local affiliates and chapters, members of our national Worker Councils and our Board of Directors from across the country in order to strengthen our strategies to transform domestic work and affirm our vision and priorities for the next 5 years. Over the two days, we rolled up our sleeves to strategize and chart a path forward for our alliance.
We assessed the impacts of our core strategies like winning Domestic Workers Bills of Rights, enforcing our rights and building new forms of collective worker voice. We shared reflections and new ideas of how to make these strategies even more effective. We identified ways we can coordinate better as a national network of powerful local organizations. And we discussed our national campaign priorities, reflecting on what we’ve been able to win together and setting our sights on even more ambitious gains for our sector.
Throughout the weekend, domestic worker leaders got us fired up, energized and inspired! And we were joined by leaders from allied movements who shared their perspectives on the current political and economic landscape, and on the unique roles that NDWA is uniquely suited to play.
Finally, we engaged in one of the most important practices of building a worker-led movement: the election of domestic workers to serve on NDWA’s Board of Directors. NDWA’s Board is composed of four representatives from our Affiliate Organizations and Chapters, three representatives from our Worker Councils, three allies and one staff representative. At the Congress, we held a candidates’ forum where worker leaders running for election made eloquent and impassioned speeches about their vision for our movement and desire to serve on the Board. Then our Chapters and Affiliates voted to elect the organizations and worker leaders who will serve on the Board for the next two years.