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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:06 PM
Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:00 PM

On June 16, we will celebrate the second anniversary of the C189 with 7 countries already having ratified the Convention: Uruguay, Philippines, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Italy, Paraguay and Bolivia. The IDWN will join with domestic workers, members of trade unions and other organizations to mobilize and act on this special day to remind each and every government to ratify and implement the Convention: "Domestic Workers are Workers. Ratify C189 Now!"

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USA: Sign to support the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: Sign to support the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 02:41 PM

The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed the California Assembly! It now moves to the Senate. Please continue to support the domestic workers in California by signing and sharing the petition and send Governor Brown and the California state legislature a clear message: It's time to recognize and respect those who do the work that makes all other work possible every day. It's time for dignity, respect and labour protections for domestic workers in California!

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Global: Step by step Towards the first Congress of the IDWN

Global: Step by step Towards the first Congress of the IDWN

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 03:40 PM

The IUF Regional Secretariat for Latin America, or the UITA, based in Montevideo will be the organizer of the IDWN Founding Congress in October. In May, it interviewed Elizabeth Tang as she visited the country to prepare the Congress.

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USA: Manhattan Organizers Work To Empower Filipino Domestic Workers

USA: Manhattan Organizers Work To Empower Filipino Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 04:15 PM

Helping trafficked Filipino domestic workers is a crucial part of the mission of Damayan. "Our role is to organize and mobilize Filipino domestic workers, many of whom have been forced into modern-day slavery or have been trafficked into the United States," says Leah Obias, Damayan's campaigns coordinator and case manager.

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USA: It's time to secure the quality care we need

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 14, 2015 04:40 PM

Caring Across Generations is started to unite care consumers, families, workers and immigrant rights organizations to build a better long-term care system that supports each of us, our family members and our neighbors, to live and age in our own homes and communities. The Caring Across Generations campaign brings together aging Americans, people with disabilities, workers, and their families to protect all Americans’ right to choose the care and supports they need to live with dignity.

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USA: Hawaii has become the second state to have Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

USA: Hawaii has become the second state to have Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 17, 2015 03:00 PM

Hawaii is poised to become the second state to have a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Senate Bill 535 passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the Hawaiian legislature on April 30. The landmark legislation will protect domestic workers from discriminatory practices and cover them under the state’s wage and hour law. Governor Neil Abercrombie now has 60 days to sign the bill.

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Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 17, 2015 04:07 PM

Despite stretching into every region of the world, domestic work has historically been excluded from conventional labor laws, regardedly merely as “women’s work". A breakthrough came in 2011 with the passage of the groundbreaking Convention 189 on domestic workers' rights by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN special agency for labor rights. The convention lays out principles for fair treatment at work, including the right to a fair labor contract and a safe work environment, freedom from exploitation and coercion, and legal recourse against abusive employers.

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USA: Time for Domestic Workers to Enjoy Equal Rights and Recognition

USA: Time for Domestic Workers to Enjoy Equal Rights and Recognition

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 05:51 PM

Domestic workers help sustain the rest of the American workforce; in the words of activists, their work makes all other work possible. But many live on less than minimum wage without overtime pay, sometimes working for 20 hours straight with little more than a floor mat to sleep on. In order to protect those who care for our rapidly aging population, activists are calling for the federal government to enact legislation to end the inhumane treatment that's breaking down the domestic workforce every day.

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USA: Labour Leader Ai-jen Poo: We Are All Domestic Workers Now

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 05:58 PM

The Nation sat down with Ai-jen Poo, a founder of New York’s Domestic Workers United, who now directs the National Domestic Workers Alliance. We discussed some disappointments dealt by Democratic politicians, the challenges of sustaining non-union labor groups and how to confront the coming care crisis. What follows is a condensed and edited version of our conversation.

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USA: Promoting Labour Rights for Women Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 28, 2015 04:49 PM

This year during Women’s History Month, the United States is highlighting its continuing efforts to press for gender equality and to advance the status of women and girls. As Secretary Kerry affirmed in his editorial on March 8, the contributions of women are essential for widely-shared prosperity, sustainable development, and durable peace.

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Global: 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award - International Domestic Workers' Network

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 11:04 PM

In recognition of the groundbreaking efforts of domestic workers worldwide to organize for greater awareness of and respect for their work, their historic success in the adoption of the ILO convention and their commitment to support, expand and build the global labor movement, the AFL-CIO is pleased to award the 2013 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the International Domestic Workers' Network.

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USA: Domestic Workers call for bill of rights

USA: Domestic Workers call for bill of rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 06, 2015 06:30 PM

The Southwest Workers Union's Domestic Workers in Action group wants the city to adopt a “San Antonio Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” which would provide nannies, maids and home care providers the ability to negotiate salaries and workloads. It also would give workers the right to take meals and breaks, to be eligible for workers' compensation and to receive sick time.

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Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:09 PM

Ten leading international organizations called on ministers of labor around the globe in a letter released on Feb 25, 2013 to protect child domestic workers and to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers). The convention, adopted in June 2011, will help eliminate child domestic labor and improve the lives of an estimated 15 million child domestic workers.

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USA: For Day Laborers. For Domestic Workers. Reform For all 11 Million.

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2015 02:59 PM

A contingent of domestic workers, la labourers and other workers from all over the country in USA marched in Washington DC to demand for an immigration reform, so that they can regularize their situation, improve economic conditions and obtain recognition for their economic contributions.

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USA: NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented

USA: NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 17, 2015 04:43 PM

The NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented. Overall, domestic workers who are US citizens have a median $12 hourly wage, but undocumented immigrants are paid $10, a 17 percent difference.

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Global: No to child labour in domestic work - World Day Against Child Labour, June 12

Global: No to child labour in domestic work - World Day Against Child Labour, June 12

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 18, 2015 11:07 PM

The ILO estimates that 15.5 million children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.

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USA: Join NDWA to tell Governor Brown to clean up his act

USA: Join NDWA to tell Governor Brown to clean up his act

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:01 PM

On Sunday, September 30, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Governor Brown had the opportunity to help lead the nation towards progress and equality for our growing, vital workforce of women. Instead, he chose to set us all back. Join us in telling Governor Brown that you can veto a bill, but you can't veto a movement.

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IDWN: All the best for the year ahead and a blessed festive season

IDWN: All the best for the year ahead and a blessed festive season

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 19, 2015 02:58 PM

Let's join in solidarity forever - your pain is our pain, your struggle is our struggle. If one wins, we all win. We will work even harder next year, to get all countries to ratify C189.

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USA: Just Employers - Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers' Rights

USA: Just Employers - Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers' Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 30, 2015 05:13 PM

“When my son was three months old and I became a part-time employer of a nanny, I was completely confused about how to be an employer and felt isolated,” says Gayle Kirshenbaum, a Park Slope parent and a founding member of Hand in Hand, a domestic employers association. “I didn’t have a sense of support or guidance. I very much wanted to do the right thing. I didn’t know where to go.”

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UK: J4DW (Justice 4 Domestic Workers) shares her activities from 2009-2012

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 05:09 PM

No Return to Slavery. We are workers!

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Global: "Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice"

Global: "Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice"

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 01, 2015 05:28 PM

In Jo Becker's new book, Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice, it outlines some of the most innovative human rights campaigns of recent years, and how activists were able to fight seemingly intractable abuses to secure concrete advances in human rights.

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USA: NDWA said it was shocked as the California Governor vetoed the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 04:09 PM

Last night California's Governor Brown vetoed AB889 – the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. While we knew it was a possibility we were shocked.

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USA: Support California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - Sign the Petition TODAY!

USA: Support California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - Sign the Petition TODAY!

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 05:44 PM

Today, we know that domestic work is real work — from New York to California, we know it’s the work that makes all other work possible. It’s time to put an end to 74 years of exclusion and extend dignity, respect, and basic labor protections to domestic workers across the nation. We are now on the verge of passing a domestic workers bill. Please support and sign the petition.

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USA: Trafficked domestic worker allowed to stay in US after winning settlement against diplomat

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 05, 2015 03:46 PM

“I want people to realize that this is really happening here in America to domestic workers,” said Dema at a September 13 press conference organized by Damayan and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center.

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USA: Give better pay to home care workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 06, 2015 09:44 PM

More than 90% of Americans agree that senior citizens should be able to age in their homes and communities. You don't want to visit your grandparents in a nursing home any more than they want to live there. But for the stay-at-home elderly to have so-called "independent living" they must be highly dependent on the home care aides who look after medication schedules, cook meals, assist with bathing and generally keep them happy and healthy.

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Global: International treaty on domestic workers' rights to come into force next year

Global: International treaty on domestic workers' rights to come into force next year

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 10, 2015 05:01 PM

"Today's ratification by the Philippines sends a powerful signal to the millions of domestic workers who will be protected when the Convention comes into force," said ILO’s Director-General, Juan Somavia. "I hope it will also send a signal to other Member States and that we will soon see more and more countries committing to protect the rights of domestic workers."

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USA: We did it - California Senate Passes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 03, 2016 05:00 PM

Last night, the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights passed in the State Senate, and is headed to the governor's desk. The largest state in the country is one signature away from providing long-overdue respect and recognition to the 250,000 domestic workers who care for children, houses, and elders.

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USA: Domestic workers need the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights because we deserve respect, recognition, and dignity

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 10, 2015 05:12 PM

"They hired me to take care of their elderly parents but then expected me to cook, clean, and care for the entire family. And they were very disrespectful to me. I did all I could to make sure their needs were met, and it was important to me that their aging family members felt loved and respected. But it hurt me, especially as a Filipina taking care of a Filipino family, that I was not given that same basic respect. That’s what this is all about. Our work makes all other work possible; we need the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights because we deserve respect, recognition, and dignity."

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USA: Low Benefits, Temporary Jobs - Work Is Getting Worse...But Hope for Labor Rights Is Emerging from a Surprising Place

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 10, 2015 05:36 PM

A special Labor Day interview with domestic workers organizer Ai-Jen Poo, one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2012.

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Global: 2012 June 16 - International Domestic Workers Day Celebrations and actions around the world

Global: 2012 June 16 - International Domestic Workers Day Celebrations and actions around the world

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 17, 2016 06:35 PM

The first ever International Domestic Workers’ Day was celebrated on June 16 in countries in every continent– in Canada, Peru, South Africa, India, Belgium, and so on. Over 50 organizations of domestic workers, trade unions and other civil society groups across the world held activities.

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