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Part of the Family?: Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers' Rights
by Sheila Bapat
Love and compassion are at the heart of domestic labor, yet historically, domestic workers have been rendered invisible—by society and in the eyes of the law. Mostly foreign-born women, these workers have been excluded from labor protections that workers in the rest of the economy take for granted. However, in the past decade, a growing movement has emerged calling for dom ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Ig Publishing
(first published February 21st 2014)
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Domestic workers—nannies, elder care givers, house cleaners—are organizing. They, along with farmworkers, are two workforces that were excluded from most employment laws that were passed in the early 20th century. Being both predominantly African-American workforces at the time, their exclusion is due to legislators too willing to capitulate to racism. Almost a century later, these workers are organizing, largely as part of worker centers, to pass state “bills of rights” to gain basic labor prot ...more