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In Diplomatic Row, the State Department Must Stand Strong for Domestic Workers' Rights

How would you get by in New York City earning $3 per hour? For Sangeeta Richard, a domestic worker from India, a little more than $3 an hour was all she had to support herself while working for a prominent consular officer in one of the most expensive cities in the world, according to recent news reports.

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Argentina Becomes 15th Country to Ratify ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Work

In another major step forward for the global movement to expand domestic workers' rights, Argentina last month ratified International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189 on domestic work, which extends fundamental labor rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide. 

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On World Day for Decent Work, Domestic Workers Mobilize for Fair Workplace Treatment

On World Day for Decent Work, Domestic Workers Mobilize for Fair Workplace Treatment

Domestic workers are the backbone of our families. Nannies, caregivers and house cleaners keep our communities and our homes running but have been undervalued and left to work without many key legal protections. As a result, many are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation on the job.

Today, on the World Day for Decent Work, domestic workers are taking action to gain decent work, which means dignity, respect and labor protections on the job. 

Sign the petition to support the passage of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.

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Dominican Republic: Domestic Workers Wage Long Campaign for Rights

Domestic workers in the Dominican Republic are urging lawmakers to pass the "Decent Work for Domestic Workers" standard. Photo credit: Julio Lantigua

Workers this week are marking the second anniversary of the historic passage of a global standard covering the rights of domestic workers. The International Labor Organization's (ILO's) Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189) covers written employment contracts, protection from harassment, abuse and violence, hours of work, job safety and other workplace safeguards.

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Women Taking Charge: Afro-Colombian Domestic Workers in Medellin Form Union

When Maria Roa arrived in Medellin 10 years ago, her primary focus was to provide a better life for her three children. She took a job as a domestic worker, as many Afro-Colombian women do, but quickly realized the position was underpaid and overworked. Despite the nature of this physically and emotionally challenging work, domestic workers like Maria have been successful in their organizing efforts to form a new union to combat workplace discrimination, improve benefits and establish job security.

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Women's History Month: Domestic Workers Demand Workplace Rights

Photo courtesy of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Flickr photostream.

As Women’s History Month continues, it’s important to highlight the often unsung heroes doing great work that continues to push the union movement forward, like domestic workers and groups advocating on their behalf. For many of us, domestic workers are the backbone of our household, providing general family care, housekeeping and home health care. They are responsible for some of the most vital and intimate work in our nation, and yet the law does not guarantee them the same protections they guarantee our families.

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ILO: 52 Million in Domestic Work Worldwide

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This is a cross-post from the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Tula Connell.

Some 52 million people older than 15—primarily women—labor as domestic workers around the world, according to a report released today by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Of those, 83 percent are women. The vast number of domestic workers, 21.4 million, are in Asia and the Pacific region, with 19.6 million in Latin America, 5.2 million in Africa and 2.1 million in the Middle East.

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The Working Poor Need Unions, Too

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Workers at Walmart need public assistance to afford heating their homes. Workers at Wendy's and McDonald's need food stamps to survive. As more and more jobs get shipped overseas, workers in the United States are clinging to the jobs that can't be easily outsourced: food service, domestic care and retail. People all over the country are taking bold actions to shed light on the poor working conditions they face. 

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