Project Profiles

Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers

The Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers (MCDW) works to bring racial and social justice and dignity to all domestic workers in our state.  Founded in 2010 by a Steering Committee comprised of the Brazilian Women’s Group (BWG), the Dominican Development Center (DDC), and Matahari Women’s Workers Center, the MCDW was the driving force in passing the MA Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (BoR) in April 2014. The Domestic Workers BoR’ passage has been the Coalition’s proudest accomplishment thus far. It established important labor standards, and granted basic protections to nannies, housekeepers, and other in-home caregivers. Specifically, the Domestic Bill of Rights amends Massachusetts state law to guarantee basic work standards and protections: 24 hours off per 7-day calendar week; limited days of rest; parental leave; protection from discrimination, sexual harassment, illegal charges for food and lodging, eviction without notice and retaliation for asserting wage violations; notice of termination; and a means of enforcing these standards.  Domestic employers under the bill do not include state regulated staffing agencies or the employers of those who work as casual babysitters.

As of July 15th, 2018 Matahari, one of the founders left the Coalition, and we were joined by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). The Coalition is led by the Steering Committee members, and one staff member who serves as the Director.  Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) serves as our legal counsel and reports cases on our behalf to the Attorney General Office. New England Jewish Legal Services is our main partner in organizing domestic workers’ employers.

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