Mujeres Unidas y Activas, the Women's Collective of La Raza Centro Legal, and the Women Workers Project of POWER held a Labor Day press conference and family picnic in the Mission District to announce the formation of a new National Domestic Worker Alliance. And the women attending had a blast!
The idea for the new national coalition was hatched at the United State Social Forum held in Atlanta at end of June. Immigrant women household workers compared stories, recognized similar problems and decided to join together to campaign for state and federal laws guaranteeing them some basic rights.
Launch events took place nationwide. A Washington Post report from Maryland explained:
What is happening here is that the same energy that built the massive immigrant marches in May 2006 is getting channeled into a practical campaign for basic labor rights. Since these workers, some documented and some not, subsist pretty much outside the political system, can winning legal rights be a realistic goal? Since 1992, the Workplace Project on Long Island has campaigned, successfully, for just such legislation, as well as training workers to expect rights and capture their unpaid back wages. So it can be done. Si se puede!
Certainly the conditions of household work need improvement. Again from the Post:
Organizations in the campaign in addition to the three in San Francisco include:
Maryland/District of Columbia