Domestic Workers Bill of Rights♀

National Domestic Workers Alliance director Ai-jen Poo spoke at TED Women about how Domestic Workers—the women who take care of our children, homes, and elders—teach us about our shared humanity.

In the #MeToo era, it's time to rethink how we care for the people who care for us. Domestic workers are often women and people of color. They have been excluded from basic federal labor protections like minimum wage, discrimination and harassment laws. These workers deserve respect, dignity and basic labor protections.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance is working with Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Pramila Jayapal to pass a national Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights. States and cities have led the way, showing that dignity and economic security can apply to domestic work.

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Domestic workers are often women and people of color. They have been excluded from basic federal labor protections like minimum wage, discrimination and harassment laws.

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The first-ever 'National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights' is expected to be introduced when the new 2019 Congress convenes to ensure protections and benefits to all domestic workers and close legal loopholes which exclude domestic workers from federal labor and civil rights laws.

For generations, domestic work has been overlooked and devalued when other workers achieved hard-won gains. Domestic workers were excluded in the 1930’s New Deal guarantees of Minimum WageOvertime Pay and the Right to Unionize. Currently, most domestic workers still only earn $11 an hour or less, and almost all go without healthcare or retirement benefits.

National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will ensure protections and benefits to all domestic workers and close legal loopholes which exclude domestic workers from federal labor and civil rights laws.

Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people's lives -- they're the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they're invisible, taken for granted or dismissed as "help," yet they continue to do their wholehearted best for the families and homes in their charge. In this sensational talk, activist Ai-Jen Poo shares her efforts to secure equal rights and fair wages for domestic workers and explains how we can all be inspired by them. "Think like a domestic worker who shows up and cares no matter what," she says.

Read Senator Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal on why they’re introducing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

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When Rosa Sanluis arrived in the United States, she earned $60 per week for a seemingly endless set of household tasks, working for a family in Texas. She worked from 5 a.m. until late at night, sometimes 3 a.m. on weekends, when her employers would go out and leave her to babysit.

Kamala Harris, Pramila Jayapal and Ai-jen Poo: The most vulnerable workers need our help

Kamala Harris, Pramila Jayapal, and Ai-jen Poo explain why America needs a federal domestic worker's bill of rights and a transformative new Congress is the key opportunity to make it happen.

A National Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers | National Domestic Workers Alliance

States and cities are leading the way, showing that bringing dignity and economic security to domestic work is good for everyone. Eight states and one municipality have passed Domestic Workers Bills of Rights to fix many of these loopholes, strengthen protections, and create new, innovative solutions to the unique nature of domestic work, but there is more work to be done.