Roy Gilbert

Domestic Workers Turn Investors: Announcing New Venture To Improve The Future Of Work

Domestic workers deliberate industry-wide fairness standards at the National Domestic Workers Alliance Congress of 2018.

Domestic workers deliberate industry-wide fairness standards at the National Domestic Workers When we think of the jobs of the future, we often think first of technology-focused occupations. But one of the oldest occupations — domestic work — has a firm place in the jobs of our future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected home care as one of the fastest growing occupations in the US between 2018 and 2028. With 10,000 people turning 70 every day and more families with two working parents, domestic work — including in-home child care, elder care, and cleaning — is projected to add over one million new jobs to the US economy over the next decade. The main problem? Domestic work continues to be among the most undervalued, under-compensated, overworked, and hyper-vulnerable jobs in the country. There are an estimated 2.5 million domestic workers, mostly women, in the country. The Economic Policy Institute reports that nearly a quarter of domestic workers live below the official poverty line, and their median real weekly wages are half that of other workers. Working behind closed doors, beyond the reach of personnel policies and minimum wage regulations, and often without employment contracts, the unregulated markets of domestic work can seem like the wild west. Women of color and immigrant women comprise a large portion of domestic workers; the poor working conditions they contend with further reflect the widespread social, racial, and economic inequities in our society. The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), one of the nation’s […]

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