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Meet the People Who Could Save the Labor Movement

Ai-jen Poo. Image via Women Together/Flickr


Labor leaders like AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Emerita Arlene Holt Baker, National Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai and National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo are some of the women Bryce Covert mentions in her article for The Nation, How the Rise of Women in Labor Could Save the Movement.

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Groundbreaking Study on Domestic Workers Finds Widespread Mistreatment and Systemic Low Pay

Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

Domestic workers, such as caregivers and nannies, make all forms of other work possible and play an increasingly significant role in the U.S. economy. However, a new national study found, on average, domestic workers earn little more than minimum wage and few receive benefits like Social Security, health insurance or paid sick days.

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California’s Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights and TRUST Act Vetoed

Late Sunday night California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed the California Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights and TRUST Act. The TRUST Act would have prevented a deeply flawed federal deportation program from tearing apart more California families, diverting important resources and costing the state millions of dollars. 

The governor's midnight veto of the California Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights “does not shake our commitment to winning in California or building a national movement,” said the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), in a statement released Monday. The group vowed to carry on the fight for the workplace rights of the state’s 200,000 domestic service workers.

Even in the face of setbacks like this one, our movement for dignity, respect and labor protections for domestic workers grows stronger. We know that our work to make the world a more just place for domestic workers—and for all of us—is the work of a lifetime. And one governor’s poor decision will not derail us.

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Netroots Nation: A Bunch of Rich Guys Stole Our Money

If you're a progressive activist seeking to make economic change, delving into the role of "derivatives" or other arcane discussions likely results in blank stares. Which is why Erica Payne, founder of the Agenda Project says that progressives need to cut through the right-wing noise and talk about what's really happening to the U.S. economy. For Payne, explaining  the recession isn't complicated: "A bunch of rich privileged guys stole our money."

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California Domestic Workers Celebrate Mother's Day with Visit to Lawmakers

David Bacon

Mother's Day in California will be extra special this Sunday, as working families, students and elected officials honor mothers by recognizing the role of domestic workers in our households. The events coincide with the launch of video highlighting the work of domestic workers around the state and the need for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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America’s Future: Domestic Workers Organizing Nationwide

Dave Johnson, a fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, sends us this.

At this morning’s Take Back the American Dream conference plenary, Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), told the audience that the people who care for others are a national treasure, but the nation has yet to adequately value their work. Poo described the situation of one domestic worker who cared for a disabled child 18 hours a day, six days a week for less than $3 an hour—and who was fired without notice, leaving her homeless overnight.

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Taxi Workers Seek AFL-CIO Membership

Saying “a worker is a worker,” Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), and several taxi drivers from New York City today told the AFL-CIO Executive Council they want to be a part of the national labor federation.

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