NDWA Releases First Ever National Statistical Survey of Domestic Workers
The National Domestic Workers’ Alliance has released a new report, titled Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work, the first national survey of domestic workers in the USA.
This empirically based and representative picture of domestic employment in 21st century America breaks new ground by providing an empirically based and representative picture of domestic employment in 21st century America. The report surveyed over 2,000 domestic workers on issues including pay rates, benefits, and their impact on the lives of workers and their families; employment arrangements and employers’ compliance with employment agreements; workplace conditions, on-the-job injuries, and access to health care; and abuse at work and the ability to remedy substandard conditions.
Not surprisingly, the report found that substandard working conditions are pervasive in the domestic work industry. Wage rates are low, the work is often hazardous, and workers rarely have effective recourse to improve substandard conditions.
The report was prepared with support from the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Chicago and the DataCenter.