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Shining a Light on Domestic Employers

The recent report, My Home is Someone’s Workplace: Re-envisioning Domestic Employment in New York State, by Hand in Hand was a first-of-its-kind, in-depth look at the demographics, needs, and challenges of New Yorkers who employ someone in their home.

It highlighted the need for employers to have clearer guidelines on how to be a fair employer.

Hand in Hand hopes to build on this research to explore how to organize employers of domestic workers to take action on policies and legislation to create a mutually beneficial domestic workplace.

Milk Cows Not Workers!

New York’s dairy production and processing industry generates $14 billion a year and is the star sector of the state’s agricultural economy.

Unfortunately, the immigrant workers who provide milking labor on which the industry heavily depends are themselves being “milked.”

The study, Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, is based upon a face-to-face survey with 88 workers across 53 different farms located in the Central, Northern, and Western regions of New York State.

Nine out of ten workers surveyed believe that their employers care more about the cows than about workers’ well-being.

Construction Jobs Lack Basic Provisions in $175 Billion Industry

As cities in the south continue to boom, workers earn poverty level wages and face dangerous working conditions.

Build a Better South report highlights issues plaguing the construction industry in the South, including wage theft, low wages and safety concerns.

The study was a collaboration of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Workers Defense Project and Partnership for Working Families

Stolen Chances: Low-Wage Work and Wage Theft in Iowa

Despite three years of heightened attention — from our work, from media reports, and from some policymakers — wage theft remains persistent in Iowa,” said Colin Gordon, author of a new report for the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project.

The report collected new data on wage complaints, based in part on a survey of low-wage workers conducted by the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, and it places Iowa’s wage theft crisis against a broad backdrop of low-wage and precarious employment.

This report shows we still need better laws, better enforcement, and greater awareness on the part of employees, employers and all policy makers.

A Social Profile of Brazilian Housecleaners in Massachusetts

The Brazilian Workers Center in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Boston investigated the working and living conditions of Brazilian housecleaners in the major Brazilian communities of Massachusetts.

The report,  A Social Profile of Brazilian Housecleaners in Massachusetts,  informed the successful campaign for a Massachusetts Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, and efforts to improve safety and health training for domestic workers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.