Domestic Workers

Bend the Arc is proud to be part of the domestic worker movement which is embracing the interdependence of caregivers and employers. High quality care, respectful communication, and livable wages are important for those receiving care, for caregivers, and for our country as a whole.

This movement challenges America to face the looming crisis created by our failure to plan for the needs of the millions of Americans who will need care in order to age with dignity. And it is gaining traction.

Over the past several years, Bend the Arc has involved thousands of Jews in support of Domestic Worker Bill of Rights legislation in California and New York, as well as submitting over 1,100 of comments to the Department of Labor in support of new regulations that include home-care workers in basic minimum wage and overtime protections. Their previous exclusion, which was codified into federal law in the 1930s, is rooted in discrimination against women and people of color.

With these combined wins, an entire sector of vulnerable workers — nearly two million workers who maintain homes, care for children, and enable seniors and people with disabilities to live independently — can write a new chapter of dignity and justice.

But there’s still much more we can do, both as allies and as employers.

Sign the Pledge

If you employ a housecleaner, nanny, or in-home caregiver, you can join the growing movement for justice and dignity for all. Learn what steps you can take to follow new employment practices. Take the pledge to be a fair employer at http://faircarepledge.com!
 

Learn More About the Domestic Workers Movement

Treating workers fairly and recognizing the interdependence of caregivers and employers are Jewish values. Learn why fair treatment of domestic workers is a Jewish issue.

Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, shows how we can better care for our growing elderly population and provide millions of good jobs at the same time in her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Learn more and purchase The Age of Dignity here.