Where we work
People who count on the support of domestic workers live everywhere, so Hand in Hand does too. Online workshops draw a national audience, and community events bring neighbors together. Chapters lead by members and staff together support our advocacy work, and digital organizing lets allies everywhere bring their friends and family together in the fight for affordability, dignity, and a better future in their towns and states.
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Select a location to learn more about our work:
Lead Organizer: Lindsay Imai Hong
Sanctuary Homes Organizer: Suzanne Schmidt
About: Member leaders in California have done pioneering work in bringing people with disabilities together with the home attendant workforce to advocate for their shared interests. After passing the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, we’ve been working to protect Medicaid, expand access to in-home supportive services, organize parents to make their homes Sanctuary Homes and in support of #FamiliesBelongTogether&Free and more. Whether you’re in San Francisco, the East Bay, L.A., or anywhere in California, we hope you’ll join us!
Check the events calendar for our next membership meeting!
Resources for California:
Find a Worker or Refer a Worker to a Community Organization In California:
- Graton: Graton Day Labor Center & ALMAS
- Los Angeles: IDEPSCA, Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California, Pilipino Workers Center, CHIRLA
- Oakland & Greater East Bay: Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Filipino Advocates for Justice, PAWIS
- San Francisco: La Colectiva de Mujeres, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Filipino Community Center, Chinese Progressive Association
Best Practices and Laws:
Resources & Research:
About the California domestic work industry:
- CA Domestic Workers Coalition
- Behind Closed Doors: Working conditions of California Household Workers, by Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Day Labor Program Women’s Collective of La Raza Centro Legal & Data Center
- Struggles and Support: California’s Homecare Employers 2017 by UCLA Labor Center with support from Hand in Hand, the CA Domestic Workers Coalition, Senior & Disability Action and others
- Profile, Practices and Needs of California’s Domestic Work Employers
- 2016 by UCLA Labor Center with support from Hand in Hand, the CA Domestic Workers Coalition, Senior & Disability Action and others
About: Our very first chapter! After supporting the passage of the New York Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2010, we’ve focused on bringing “high road” employer practices into every home. We’ve fought alongside seniors and immigrants and have created “sanctuary neighborhoods” based in relationships of mutual support around the five boroughs. In the NY Caring Majority campaign, we’re laying out a vision for a future we can all look forward to. Email us to participate at our next meeting!
Check the events calendar for our next actions and membership meeting!
Resources for NY:
Find a Worker In Your State:
- Hempstead: Unity Housecleaners Cooperative, (516) 565-5377
- Brooklyn: for nannies: Hopewell in Brooklyn; for house cleaners: www.hopewellcare.coop; Si Se Puede! email@example.com
- Manhattan: For house cleaners Apple Eco-Cleaning or (718)633-4823
- Staten Island: Las Mujeres de Santa Maria
Best Practices and Laws:
New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights:
In December 2010, New York State made history by passing the very first Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in the United States. Read about the Bill of Rights here –
- NY Department of Labor resources about the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
- NY Department of Labor Facts for Employers about the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
- Fact sheet from A Better Balance on the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights
- Rights Begin At Home – Published by Domestic Workers United & NELP
- Senator Liz Krueger’s Guide to Employing Domestic Workers
New York Earned Sick Time Act
- Fact sheet from A Better Balance on the New York City Earned Sick Time Act
- Fact sheet from A Better Balance in New York City on Domestic Workers and Paid Sick Days
Resources & Research:
About the New York domestic work industry: Home Is Where the Work Is: Inside New York’s Domestic Work Industry, by Domestic Workers United & Data Center, Download Executive Summary, Download Full Report
Health insurance resources: Healthy NY is subsidized by the state of New York. An individual must have an annual income under $27,074 and a family must have an income under $55,000 to be eligible. There are many coverage options that range in cost from approximately $250/month for an individual without prescription benefits to $1,600/month for a family with prescription benefits. You should discuss with your employee what percentage of the premium cost you are covering and how much you will share with her.
About: In Pennsylvania domestic employers and allies are organizing to support the rights of domestic workers and engaging in campaigns to improve the lives of immigrant and other frontline communities. Pennsylvania members do this by hosting workshops on best employment practices, spreading the word about resources for employers to support workers such as Alia for for those who employ house cleaners and engaging directly in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania campaigns for worker rights and dignity. Hand in Hand Pennsylvania works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance (PDWA).
Seattle is the first city in the United States to have a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In July 2018, the City passed a Domestic Workers Ordinance. This law gives minimum wage, rest break, and meal break rights to domestic workers. It also creates a Domestic Workers Standards Board. The Seattle Office of Labor Standards will oversee this law.
In September 2018, the City also added civil rights for domestic workers to our City’s existing Fair Employment Practices law. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights will oversee these protections. Both ordinances begin on July 1, 2019. Current labor standards (like Paid Sick and Safe Time) and civil rights laws provide many rights to domestic workers who are employees.
If a nanny, house cleaner or attendant supports you or your family in the home, and you would like to learn more about the Ordinance and being a Fair Care employer, please contact Stacy Kono at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 510-859-3287.
To learn more about labor standards for employees, visit the Office of Labor Standards website or call us at 206-256-5297.
To learn more about civil rights for employees, visit the Seattle Office for Civil Rights’ website or call them at 206-684-4500.