Organizing & Policy Change

The experiences, voices, and leadership of domestic workers are at the center of PDWA's work. Our multiracial, multilingual member leaders from Philadelphia, Latin America, Brazil, and the Caribbean know that only by building unity and developing worker leadership across the sector to include people from different nationalities, neighborhoods, languages, immigration statuses, and experiences can we win the changes that we deserve. 


As Pennsylvania joins the national movement for domestic worker justice, the experts in the challenges and needs of domestic workers are the workers themselves. PDWA's organizing to win policies and improve the lives of domestic workers is determined and led by low wage women of color and immigrant women.

Domestic workers do the critical work that makes all other work possible by caring for other peoples' homes, children, and families. As we care for others, we also deserve respect, recognition, and higher standards on the job.

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Beginning with a focus on Philadelphia, PDWA is organizing to:


  • Build a powerful movement of domestic workers led by member leaders

    • Leaders work hard to ​bring their friends, family, and coworkers into the movement and through this worker-led outreach we continue to grow in membership every week. 

    • Our worker Organizing Committee determines the direction of our education and campaign work to ensure that our strategic organizing best reflects the needs of our membership.

  • Develop workers' leaderships through on-going trainings and community labor organizing

    • To identify workers’ most critical self-identified needs, PDWA designed and launched a member-driven survey.  The worker Organizing Committee will use information gathered from the survey to inform our education, organizing, and policy goals. 

    • Based on the needs and aspirations identified through the survey and community organizing, PDWA will launch a Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights campaign to win labor protections, raise labor standards, and gain visibility and power for domestic workers.

    • You can make your voice heard here by filling out the domestic worker survey online in EnglishSpanish, or Portuguese

  • Win policy change based on the needs identified by domestic workers themselves ​

    • As a result of hard-fought worker-led organizing, eight states across the country have successfully passed Domestic Worker Bills of Rights to expand much needed labor protections to include domestic workers and raise workplace standards. We are working to bring these worker-led victories to Philadelphia by fighting for a municipal level Bill of Rights that will include enforceable labor protections. 

    • We are inspired by our movement partners in Seattle, who won a Bill of Rights in July 2018 that not only expands labor protections but creates a city-level domestic worker labor standards board that includes domestic worker members to ensure the on-going enforcement of the bill as well as the ability to pass more pro-worker legislation.