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Unfair Treatment: More Work with Little Pay


Unfair Treatment:  More Work with Little Pay
A Comprehensive Report on Poor Labor Practices and Regulations for Domestic Workers is Available

(November 27, 2012) Miami, FL – The much anticipated research report, Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work, is complete and available. Conducted by our colleagues at the National Domestic Workers Alliance Center for Urban Economic Development, University of Illinois at Chicago Data Center, this groundbreaking report focuses on core findings collected from more than 2,000 surveys in 14 cities to produce the very first national, data-driven study of conditions in the domestic work industry.

Domestic workers are elder caregivers, nannies, and housecleaners who labor in private homes, behind closed doors, and isolated from other workers – an invisible labor that often make these workers vulnerable to exploitation and abuse on the job. As members of the NDWA, and organizer of domestic workers in Miami, the Miami Workers Center (MWC) has firsthand knowledge of the increasingly significant role domestic workers play in the U.S. economy; and that they are not protected by most basic workplace standards or employment regulations.

“Domestic workers are victims of extreme abuse from our employers and the system that protects them,” says Lucrecia Lomauro, domestic worker and member of MWC. “It is time that we are covered by the same labor laws that protect other workers,” she continues.

Interesting facts:

  • The National Labor Relations Act bars domestic workers from bargaining collectively or forming unions.
  • Live-in domestic workers are excluded from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Domestic Workers are not covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Many state laws and regulations explicitly exclude domestic workers.

The report and executive summary are available at, in English and Spanish.

About the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. NDWA is powered by 35 local, membership-based affiliate organizations of over 10,000 nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly located in 19 cities and 11 states around the country.

About Miami Workers Center (MWC)
Founded in 1999 in Liberty City the Miami Workers Center is a collective strength of low-income people of color, who initiate and support grassroots projects, known as Grassroots Councils which are led by the people most affected by the social issues of our time: poverty, racism, and gender oppression. Our organizing model includes developing strategic and tactical leadership; shifting the public debate around issues impacting our communities; and building alliances that enable us to amplify our power and message.


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