Today is International Domestic Workers Day
Today is International Domestic Workers Day

Today is International Domestic Workers Day
Today is International Domestic Workers Day

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Today is International Domestic Workers Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the work and contributions of domestic workers worldwide. The day was first celebrated on June 16, 2011, after the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Despite their invaluable work, domestic workers  — nannies, housecleaners, and home care workers — are three times as likely to live in poverty as other workers and face employment insecurity and retaliation too often. International Domestic Workers Day serves as a reminder that domestic work is real work and every domestic worker deserves to be valued, protected, and honored.

Commemorate International Domestic Workers Day and stand in solidarity with the 2.2 million domestic workers in the U.S. and the millions more around the world by taking action today!

Read the articles below to see how you can get involved and help us spread the word.

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Take Action: Care Workers Can’t Wait

We continue to speak out in support of the federal proposal to guarantee that a fair share of Medicaid funds go to wages of workers who provide hands-on services and direct care for our aging and disabled loved ones.

On April 18, 2023, the Biden Administration released an Executive Order on increasing access to high-quality care with over 50 directives to federal agencies, including proposals on how to specifically support the direct care workforce.

In response, the Department of Health and Human Services is now considering a rule that would ensure that 80% of public funds spent on personal care services to support older adults and persons with disabilities in their homes and communities goes directly to worker compensation! To make this proposal a reality, we need the government to hear us.

Take action TODAY and urge the Department of Health and Human Services to give Direct Care Workers a Fair Share! Together we can win better wages for direct care workers!

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Get Involved: Local Actions

In observance of this momentous day, our chapters and affiliates are organizing activations nationwide to raise awareness and strengthen protections for domestic workers:

  • In New Jersey, the New Jersey chapter and Adhikaar, an NDWA affiliate, joined domestic workers and local leaders like Senator Richard Codey and Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake on June 15 to bring attention to the New Jersey Domestic Worker Bill of Rights and the critical advancements it would bring to the state’s domestic workers. If you live in New Jersey, get involved TODAY and email your elected officials and urge them to add their name as a co-sponsor to the New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill of rights.
  • In Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania chapter, domestic workers, advocates, and local leaders gathered in Rittenhouse Square on June 14 to call attention to the continued violations, abuse, and retaliation that domestic workers have faced, despite the 2020 Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights passage. They called on Philadelphia to ensure domestic workers are protected and the rights they fought for and won are upheld.
  • In Miami-Dade, NDWA affiliates Miami Workers Center and WeCount will hold a press conference and a march on Saturday, June 17, to launch the public campaign for the Miami-Dade Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. If passed, the Miami-Dade Domestic Worker Bill of Rights would be the first in the South (south of Virginia). With 60,000 domestic workers in Miami-Dade, South Florida is home to one of the largest concentrations of domestic workers in the United States, who are also predominantly Black and Latina women.
  • In New York, the local chapter will attend the Future of Care Work Conference on June 16 and 17 at the Cornell Institute of Labor Relations. The Institute, along with the Chapter, will gather alongside advocates, care workers, labor leaders, and scholars to build power for care workers and lift standards in the care economy by putting the public focus on the urgency of taking care of the country’s care workforce.

Member’s Corner: An International Perspective

by June Barrett, member of the Miami Workers’ Center and NDWA.

This past April, hundreds of domestic workers assembled at the White House. This type of gathering is illegal in other countries. We are so privileged in our movement in the U.S. — it’s easy to forget that when we have to fight for such basic rights like the right to a lunch break, or paid sick days.

But just because workers in some countries don’t have the right to assemble, don’t feel sorry for them! They are brilliant and they are POWERFUL women.

After a recent speech at the American University of Beirut, I spent four days with domestic workers from the Philippines, Cameroon, Madagascar, Nepal and Nigeria. I can tell you these women are not messing around! As much as I might have inspired them, they inspired me!

We must always remember that we are part of a global movement for women and the work we do connects us to one another.

This International Domestic Workers Day, think of the domestic workers around the world who are fighting, because when we win, we’re paving a new future for care in the U.S, and we’re blazing a path for the global domestic worker movement!

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This Week in Domestic Worker History

June 16, 2011
In the early 2000s, domestic workers organized to receive recognition from the International Labor Organization (ILO). The ILO passes non-binding conventions or resolutions about labor issues and helps 183 member states to convert conventions into laws.

After two years of negotiations, domestic workers won Convention 189 on June 16, 2011. The convention outlined protections for domestic workers, including wages, hours, and benefits. It was the first convention on domestic work.

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Donate Today to Stand With Domestic Workers

Celebrate International Domestic Workers Day and donate now to help us build grassroots worker power and support NDWA as we fight for the millions of nannies, housecleaners, and care workers who care for us!

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