Most federal contractors play by the rules, the White House said, but every year tens of thousands of Americans are denied overtime wages, subjected to health and safety risks, or discriminated against based on gender or age.
On Tuesday, the White House approved regulations extending basic labor protections for domestic workers. A confluence of events enabled these regulations to come about—some political, but more movement-driven.
An international convention on domestic workers’ rights is going into effect, just as labor organizing is picking up steam in the United States and abroad.
Christine Quinn’s silence was notable because she is widely perceived to be the only obstacle standing between the bill and its passage.
New York’s city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers. Research shows it’s an economic no-brainer. But the bill’s been stalled for more than 1,000 days, even as a natural disaster and flu epidemic hit the city.
This week nearly 100 domestic workers traveled to Washington, DC to meet with legislators about why immigration reform matters for their lives, and why they ought to be part of the immigration reform agenda.
Sex for money might take just five minutes. But what about the rest of the 7 hours and 55 minutes of a sex worker’s day? What does she do, who does she see, and how is she treated? At AWID 2012, an interactive game provided insights into these overlooked questions.
Clinton, in the midst of her ‘Women’s Week’ on the campaign trail, proposed an expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act while Dodd was on the hill testifying to extend the bill to injured veterans.