VICTORY! Overtime & Minimum Wage for Home Care Workers!
As we reflect on this last year in organizing, we see all of the obstacles of fighting for the rights of domestic workers in a red state. But there can be no mistake: we are winning the fight in Georgia. Because of the work of nannies, housekeepers, home care workers and our allies, we've been able to push forward new victories at the federal, state, and local levels.
As of October, 2015, two million home care workers across the country have new rights to a minimum wage and overtime protections - rights that virtually all other workers have long taken for granted. After challenges and appeals, the Department of Labor succeeded in passing these rights despite the efforts of home care agencies who want to keep their workers earning poverty wages so that they can profit off their labor. While domestic workers are systematically marginalized in a way that is historically entrenched with racism and sexism, the relentless efforts of these workers to claim respect in their work inspires us every day.
We are seeing this in a real way in Georgia. On November 23rd, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled to uphold minimum wage for home care workers. These workers, as is too often the case, were not being paid for time spent driving for their jobs, and therefore earning below the state's minimum wage. Even though the decision is long overdue, we applaud this victory and look forward to 2016 and taking on the challenges ahead in the fight for respect and dignity for all domestic workers. Read more here: http://www.domesticworkers.org/atlanta/campaigns
Nannies, Housekeepers and Homecare Workers are organizing for better pay, and for dignity and respect in the workplace. As the Atlanta Chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, we are building power through leadership development, strategic campaigns and alliance building. Our campaigns include minimum wage and overtime for homecare workers, a $15 federal minimum wage, and Medicaid Expansion in Georgia. We offer regular job skills and know-your-rights trainings, and a Health Referral Program for members.
Learn more about what we're up to in our Newsletter.
If you are a childcare provider, housekeeper or homecare worker who would like to find out more about the benefits of our FREE membership, contact Tamika at 404-584-0840 or email@example.com.
UPDATED! Check Out Our Health Referral Program
In partnership with the Center for Black Women's Wellness, the NDWA - Atlanta Chapter is pleased to offer a FREE Health Services Referral Program. Contact Lovette for more information at 404-584-0840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 7-9: NDWA Staff Retreat (OFFICE CLOSED)
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30pm: Portfolio Building Party, 250 Georgia Ave, Ste. 212
Saturday, December 17, 10am - 4pm: Member Retreat, 2855 East Point St, East Point, GA 30344 (1 block from East Point MARTA Station)
December 18-January 2: NDWA Winter Break (OFFICE CLOSED)
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