Saturday, November 14, 2009
Hundreds of women in town for the National Domestic Workers Alliance regional conference took to the streets in the Mission district on Friday. The NDWA has come a ways since its launch.
Today's effort even had an attractive printed poster.
And considerable diversity among participating organizations.
The chanting was spirited.
Got to start your protesters while they are young
But the purpose was serious, despite the good humor. Immigrant women who work in other people's homes are subject to many forms of exploitation and abuse. Some employers refuse to allow sick days or pay for overtime; often wages are less than the minimum wage. For practical purposes these women have few enforceable legal protections. So some are getting together to support and protect each other. A speaker from the AFL-CIO offered verbal support, but these workers are outside the reach of the labor movement -- they are banding together to learn to demand their rights and negotiate for themselves. More power to them!