Domestic workers like nannies, home care workers, and housecleaners continue to work under dire economic conditions that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 81% of domestic workers in Seattle are very low income and 94% are not making a living wage. The National Domestic Workers Alliance found that by April 2020, 90% of workers lost jobs because of the pandemic and the vast majority have not received unemployment insurance. The struggles of domestic workers are a key gender and race equity issue: over 90% of domestic workers are women and over 50% or Black, Latinx, or Asian American/Pacific Islander.
Legal Voice is working closely with Casa Latina and other groups that organize domestic workers and mobilize their employers to improve the rights of domestic workers. The Seattle Domestic Workers Ordinance went into effect in July 2019. But there are still important improvements to be made to help domestic workers. One key improvement that the pandemic has highlighted is the need for basic paid time off for domestic workers so that they can maintain their health and take rest and sick days as needed. Such a benefit is especially difficult to access for domestic workers such as housecleaners who typically have several short-term jobs with multiple employers to make ends meet.
As part of this effort to improve benefits, the coalition is conducting a survey of domestic workers and employers to learn about their experiences and opinions related to providing benefits for domestic workers.
If you are a nanny, housecleaner, homecare worker or gardener or you employ such workers in your home, please take a few minutes to fill out one of these short surveys below to share your input.
If you are neither, please forward and share the surveys throughout your network.
We are closing the surveys on February 19th. Please make sure your voice is heard so together we can expand benefits for Domestic Workers.