DWU offers job skills training courses to equip domestic workers with the skills they need to navigate a competitive and precarious job market.
- Nanny Training Program: This four week intensive program covers basic nanny skills such as CPR and first aid, discipline, child psychology, pediatrics, and workplace injury prevention. The course provides important skills to build your confidence on the job. All sessions are mandatory, and pre-registration is necessary. The course runs annually. There is a fee for the course, and members receive discounted rates.
- Household Management Course: This weekend-long intensive course teaches practical skills needed to find and retain viable employment and increase workers’ ability to earn higher wages. The course covers important topics such as successful negotiation, effective interviewing techniques, and how to increase your household work skills and secure a great job!
Case Advocacy & Legal Clinic
DWU members can receive free legal assistance and referrals through our Domestic Workers Legal Clinic, in partnership with the Urban Justice Center. Members receive immigration advice and organizational support. Domestic workers who join DWU as members and who have been unjustly treated, exploited, abused, injured, or taken advantage of in the workplace, can sign up at the office or at a general meeting to meet with a peer in-take specialist.
Leadership Training Program
DWU offers skills building trainings and political education classes for members to learn more about the causes of domestic work exploitation, the history of domestic workers in the United States, and possibilities for changing our futures through organizing and movement-building. We offer a four-week intensive Introductory and Advanced Level Leadership Training Program that cover topics such as basic political economy and globalization and trainings such as meeting facilitation, public speaking and campaign development.
Unemployed Workers Support
Members who are unemployed can sign up to receive support during these difficult times, including creating and updating resumes, searching and posting job announcements on the Internet, and receiving referrals to social services. Members who actively participate in the organization and are signed up on the Unemployed Workers List may also get referred for domestic work employment opportunities that DWU receives on occasion.