AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's assistant Ana Avendaño states: “the domestic worker industry is riddled with abuse, mistreatment and labor violations.”
The mostly female and immigrant domestic workforce is particularly vulnerable due to the isolated nature of the industry, where women labor behind closed doors and out of the public eye.
Domestic workers’ exclusion from the National Labor Relations Act means they are unprotected when asking for respect of their basic rights and are unable to collectively bargain for conditions allowing them to labor in dignity. For all these reasons, it’s critically important that we create strong labor standards for domestic workers.
According to the AFL-CIO's blog:
Imagine, some day, when Buffy-the-Babysitter comes to your door to care for your kids, she could be coming with her union steward in tow.