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A Bill of Rights for Housecleaners

Chicago — For eight years, I worked as a housecleaner for a millionaire who lived in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. I took the bus across town three times a week, often to work in an empty house because my employer was frequently away, traveling for business.

That also meant I got paid only when I saw him — in lump sums, often months apart. At first, I didn’t mind this setup, but soon, months would pass. By the end of 2008, my employer owed me $10,000 — and had stopped returning my calls.

We Belong Together Vows to Continue the Fight for Humane Immigration Policies

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Supreme Court’s Split Decision Erroneously Maintains the Block on President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

The New Economy and Its Discontents: Low-Wage Workers Propose a Good Work Code for Silicon Valley

By some estimates, as many as 53 million people living in the United States are now self-employed. Many work as independent contractors or freelancers, hired and fired at the click of an app.

With flexibility comes a measure of freedom but also of insecurity; a measure of independence but also of isolation. Digital sector workers may not stand on a speeding production line or operate deadly machines, but they still can still face danger on the job. Subjective feedback or "ratings" systems are open to abuse.

Orange Is the New Black Star: Immigration Raids Must Stop

Guerrero is an actor, the author of In The Country We Love, and a supporter of the We Belong Together campaign

Connecticut Senators Consider Amendment to Exclude Au Pairs from Basic Labor Protections

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Domestic Worker Activists Stand with Low-Wage Foreign Childcare Workers and Urge Senate Opposition to Amendment

**Interviews with au pairs available upon request**

Chicago’s Domestic Workers Make Headway in Springfield This Week, Lobbying for State’s First Bill of Rights

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Meet The Gig Economy Companies That See Investing In Workers As A Smart Business Strategy

Evan Bochner is part of what’s often dubbed the “on-demand economy” or the “gig economy,” the growing collection of app-based startups providing services to clients at the click of a button. The 27-year-old handyman works 30 to 40 hours a week for the New York City-based office cleaning and maintenance company. He does everything from assembling desks, shelves and chairs to unclogging toilets, painting and electrical work.

When services allow organising, trafficked workers win

Emergency rooms, social security offices, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement outposts consigned into strip malls: places that manage to be dreary and fluorescent at the same time. A decade ago, on any given day of the week, I’d be bringing an abused domestic worker through some new round of administrative hoop-jumping in one of these places so she could be classified and serviced as a ‘victim of human trafficking’. But was any of this really making a difference? It took me a few years on the job to figure it out.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance Applauds White House Proposals for More Portable and Accessible Retirement Benefits for All Workers

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska, Earned Media Strategist
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org

Washington, DC — The National Domestic Workers Alliance applauds today’s White House announcement to make retirement benefits as mobile as today’s workforce.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance Applauds White House Proposals for More Portable and Accessible Retirement Benefits for All Workers

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska, Earned Media Strategist
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org

Washington, DC — The National Domestic Workers Alliance applauds today’s White House announcement to make retirement benefits as mobile as today’s workforce.

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