Domestic Workers

The Brian Lehrer Show

Smart Solutions for Elder Care

Thursday, February 05, 2015

There are more elderly Americans and more caregivers than ever before. The director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen Poo, talks about how to treat both with dignity.

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The Takeaway

Modern Slavery? Domestic Workers Fight For Fairness

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Labor laws of 18 states exclude home care workers from their state minimum wage laws. As the number of domestic care workers increases nationwide, the number of people working these jobs, without fair pay or protections, is only increasing.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: The Exploitation of International Domestic Workers

Thursday, November 17, 2011

On this week’s Underreported, Human Rights Watch researcher Nisha Varia describes abuses of migrant domestic workers in Asia and the Middle East, and why Cambodian women are particularly vulnerable to mistreatment in Malaysia. Plus, a look at efforts to implement international labor standards for domestic workers.

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The Takeaway

Despite High Unemployment, Americans Don't Want Farm Jobs

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Though nearly one out of every 11 people across the country is out of work, on industry is facing a labor shortage. Some farmers in the western U.S. who have traditionally relied on migrant workers are now offering the same jobs to Americans — $10 an hour for pulling in the fall harvest. John Harold is one of those farmers. Instead of hiring migrant workers this year, he left openings for local, jobless Americans, something he considers a mistake. Americans, he says, proved to be less reliable and less willing to perform the hard work necessary to run his corn and onion farm than foreign workers.

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The Takeaway

The Real Life 'Help' in Grand Rapids

Friday, August 12, 2011

On this Friday's show, The Takeaway's co-host John Hockenberry interviewed a guest about domestic workers portrayed in the new film "The Help," only to discover she grew up in the same city he did--Grand Rapids, Mich. But as Hockenberry describes, he and Inez Crockett Smith were living in two totally different worlds.

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