Hand in Hand: Organizing Employers of Domestic Workers

On December 12 Amy Cohen and Irene Lin, from the local chapter of Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, talked to members and guests of MTN about their work organizing employers of nannies, house cleaners, and home attendants to create better conditions for the people who work in their homes. They described their two-pronged approach: encouraging employers to move toward best practices (decent pay, clear communication, paid sick leave, and so on) on the one hand, and supporting legislation to create a domestic workers bill of rights on the other. Several municipalities have adopted such bills of rights, and Philadelphia is considering one now. Hand in Hand’s newest initiative, Alia, offers an easy way for employers to work together to provide paid time off for house cleaners. For more information, including resources for employers who want to help immigrant domestic workers: amy@domesticemployers.org;  www.domesticemployers.org; www.myalia.org.