Low Benefits, Temporary Jobs — Work Is Getting Worse … But Hope for Labor Rights Is Emerging from a Surprising Place

A Labor Day interview with Ai-Jen Poo. Over the last 30 years, Americans have seen the very nature of work change. Working people used to expect to have a stable job with health benefits and a retirement plan, a job they’d keep for most of their lives. Now, though, workers bounce from job to job, employers have […]

Domestic Work Is An Act of Love

When the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect the rights of workers in the US, “to win votes for the 1938 law from Southern lawmakers, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was forced to exempt from its provisions workers who produce America’s food and care for people’s homes, children and elders.” At that time, of […]

Ai-Jen Poo | Domestic Workers & Finding Balance Through the Lens of Love

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York based organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic […]

Ai-jen Poo | Organizing Labor—With Love

Ai-jen Poo does her work from a space invested in connection, relationship, and transformative change. As Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she works to make sure that domestic workers, who are often women, often immigrants, and who are often taken for granted, are treated with respect. She “has been organizing immigrant women workers […]