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Standards Board Outlines Recommendations for Protection of Domestic Workers

by Elizabeth Turnbull


Following a year of dangerous working conditions for domestic workers, the Domestic Workers Standards Board (DWSB) outlined a list of improvements for the rights of domestic workers, such as better health care access and benefits. 

The DWSB presented the Seattle City Council’s Housing and Finance Committee with a list of recommendations, Tuesday, May 18, for protecting the rights of domestic workers. The list included mandating portable benefits, providing more resources to domestic workers, policy changes to improve an existing ordinance protecting domestic workers, and investing in community expertise.

At the meeting Tuesday, domestic workers and organizers such as Olivia Cortez, who is an organizer at the nonprofit organization Casa Latina, spoke to the daily struggles of domestic work in general and during the COVID-19 pandemic specifically.

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OPINION: Domestic Workers Continue to Deserve Better

by Dana Barnett and Silvia Gonzalez


The antiracist roots of Seattle’s Domestic Worker Ordinance, which had its first anniversary on July 1, aren’t immediately obvious nearly a century after most other workers gained basic workplace protections. But there is a deep connection between anti-Black racism, the legacy of slavery, and the long fight for domestic worker protections. 

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