Jennifer Angarita blogs for the National AFL-CIO.


California Worker Center, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Joins Forces with San Francisco Labor Council

, affiliated with the San Francisco Labor Council as part of a growing partnership effort by the labor movement and the larger worker rights’ movement to strengthen advocacy and mobilization efforts for day laborers, domestic workers and all working people.

A member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Mujeres Unidas y Activas is a grassroots organization that empowers nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers through community actions, leadership development and skills-based trainings.

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

found, on average, domestic workers earn little more than minimum wage and few receive benefits like Social Security, health insurance or paid sick days.

Conducted by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the study released today offers a startling and provocative look into the often-invisible world of domestic workers. Based on interviews with 2,086 workers across the country, researchers found domestic workers face serious financial hardships and have little control over their working conditions.