Press Releases

Early this morning, DWU members, together with the members of our New York affiliate organizations, gathered in New York's Grand Central Station to distribute the findings of The National Domestic Workers' Alliance new groundbreaking report, Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work. Bringing public awareness to the often deplorable work conditions faced by many domestic workers, the report documents the experiences of more than 2,000 nannies, housecleaners, and elder care providers in 14 cities across the U.S., providing insight into what it means to be a domestic worker in contemporary America. The study focuses on four primary…
GOVERNOR BROWN CAN VETO A BILL, BUT HE CAN'T STOP OUR MOVEMENT! On Sunday September 30, we were shocked and deeply saddened by Governor Jerry Brown's veto of the AB 889, the Bill that would have provided overtime pay, meal breaks, and other basic labor protections for the estimated 200,000 caregivers, nannies, and house cleaners working in California. In his veto statement, the Governor detailed "a number of unanswered questions" he felt the Bill raises. He wrote: "What will be the economic and human impact on the disabled or elderly person and their family of requiring overtime, rest and meal…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2012 Domestic Workers Launch Education Campaign in Local Community: More than 60% of employers in Park Slope in violation of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Passed in 2010 Brooklyn, NY—Domestic Workers United (DWU) held a street fair today in Park Slope to honor and educate domestic workers along with members of the media and employers regarding the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Despite its reputation for being a politically involved community, a large percentage of Park Slope parents employing domestic workers are not abiding by the Bill of Rights that was passed in the state…
Exclusion from most labor protections: Domestic Workers Under Labor Law
The National Domestic Workers Alliance and the NY State-based Domestic Workers United today declared their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, and urged the State Department to deny approval of the project. The domestic workers' statement noted, "Many of our members come to the U.S. from countries already severely impacted by climate change and environmental devastation. If approved and constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline will have a huge impact on our communities, on First Nation communities, on global greenhouse gas emissions, and risks major contamination of the largest freshwater aquifer in North America." The statement follows President Obama's November 2…
NY Domestic Workers Bill of Rights:- For more information about domestic work in New York State, check out “Home is Where the Work Is,” a study of New York’s domestic work industry produced by Domestic Workers United and Datacenter. - Over 200,000 women work as nannies, companions and housekeepers in New York State. - Domestic workers care for the most important elements of New Yorkers’ lives: their families and homes. Yet, their work is devalued and they are often treated as less than human. Without the labor of domestic workers, many employers could not participate in the workforce, from Wall…
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