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Domestic workers still don't have safety protections on the job

Oct 5, 2020
A California bill that would have extended those protections to house cleaners, nannies and elder care workers was vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Cleaning staff disinfect the lectern in the White House pressroom in April. The COVID-19 outbreak at the White House has highlighted the importance of workplace safety laws.
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Home child care workers unionize in California

Jul 29, 2020
Workers hope to strengthen an industry that has become even more precarious.
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California's domestic workers push for safety protections in home settings

Jul 14, 2020
A measure before the Assembly would eliminate the exclusion of domestic workers from workplace safety law that covers other employees.
The health and safety rules that govern most jobs in California do not currently protect domestic workers, like house cleaners.
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Washington relief packages leave out many domestic workers

Apr 17, 2020
More than 80% say they’ don’t know if they can afford food in coming weeks, according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
An estimated 94% of domestic workers have had clients cancel on them during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a network of activist groups.
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Tech is helping house cleaners get benefits

Mar 26, 2019
The new platform Alia allows gig workers to earn paid time off and some types of insurance.
Olivia Mejia, a house cleaner in Brooklyn, logs into the Alia platform on her phone. She has taken out life insurance and accident insurance through the platform.
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'Roma' shines a light on the real lives of domestic workers

Jan 4, 2019
How Alfonso Cuarón's latest film set in 1970s Mexico resonates with domestic workers today.
Alfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo on the set of "Roma" written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
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How do millions of workers with no legal protection stand up to sexual harassment?

Mar 13, 2018
There are up to 2 million people going to work in homes across America. Many of these domestic workers have little-to-no legal protections, and many of them experience sexual harassment or assault. Marketplace’s Molly Wood and Kai Ryssdal speak with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance about how that is changing. Hear […]

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