Learn more about what you can do support the nannies, home attendants, and house cleaners who work for you during the coronavirus crisis:
While all of us are experiencing loss as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, we know that some people in our lives will be hurt more than others. The domestic workers in our lives are the most vulnerable during this pandemic.
Many are no longer able to come to our homes to support us and our families. These are the workers who, day in and day out, care for our children and assist seniors and people with disabilities. They clean our homes. These workers are predominantly women of color and immigrants. Not only are they excluded from federal labor protections, they are being left out of pandemic relief aid available to other workers.
We are asking you to continue to pay workers who are no longer coming to your home. We know this is not a small thing to ask. Most of us feel economic anxiety at this time. But if you’ve counted on workers in your home, this is the moment to show them they can count on you. Even if you can provide financial support for only a finite period of time, there are other ways to help. All of us must step up and show this country’s domestic workers that they are valued and deserving of care.
While we may be isolating ourselves to help flatten the infection rate, we can each take action, collectively, to mitigate the economic impact of the virus on our community and those most vulnerable. Hand in Hand is providing resources and tools to support domestic employers who recognize their home is somebody’s workplace and are committed to fair employment practices. We are also informing employers of domestic workers about the government policies we’re fighting for that will build a care infrastructure that works for all of us – domestic workers and the broader community.
Join Hand in Hand as a monthly dues paying member to be a part of our work to create care communities that recognize our interdependence.