In California, The Health and Safety for All Workers Act seeks to provide housekeeping and domestic workers with the same protections as most other workers. Importantly, it could compel more states, and even the federal government, to do the same.
A survey examined the COVID impact on Black immigrant domestic workers in NYC, Boston and Miami. The survey results bring about one conclusion: Black domestic workers deserve better.
As states begin to reopen across the country, essential workers and those on the frontlines of fighting COVID-19 have continued to speak up about the need for an increase in government assistance and workplace protections.
“We absolutely need hazardous pay, PPE, sick leave and health insurance.”
“When the COVID-19 crisis hit, it was clear to my husband and me that domestic work deserves dignity and respect and that continuing to pay the house cleaner we employ was the right thing to do.”
“We have been having issues with getting jobs. We have had a lot of cancellations. There is no income. I don’t know if I’m able to pay my rent. We have been excluded from the federal government to pay our rent. We are invisible.”
Hospital cleaners can’t stay home during this pandemic. They’re needed to ensure doctors and patients are safe and have a clean environment to work in. Where is their love?
What policies should Congress members be prioritizing to help women and families affected by coronavirus? How are children in particular most impacted by the pandemic? What aspect of coronavirus should communities be thinking and talking about that are currently being overlooked?
We talk these questions and more with Oakland-based policy group, Forward Together.
Domestic workers are being forced to navigate this crisis alone and without a safety net. Donations to the Coronavirus Care Fund will provide emergency assistance to nannies, house cleaners and home care workers who need help right now, giving them the stability they need to stay home and be a part of the solution to this crisis.
After a prolonged legal battle, the First Circuit in Massachusetts ruled that au pairs in the state are covered by the same laws that apply to other domestic workers.
A 37-year-old organizer based in New York City, Poo is founder of Domestic Workers United (DWU), a group that waged a successful campaign for landmark legislation in New York state recognizing the labor rights of nannies and housekeepers. Now, as director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), she is spearheading an even more ambitious effort, a Caring Across Generations campaign designed to address the crisis in how we care for our children, our elders, and the disabled in this country.