Hear from Fergus how he got into the field of direct care as a result of caring for his brother. Fergus is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo tribe and a caregiver. He works for the tribe’s aging services office. He recently graduated from the New Mexico Caregivers Coalition “Customized Training for Caregivers” program.
NM Domestic Workers Deserve Protections Press Event
NM Caregivers Coalition collaborates with Local Agencies to discuss NM Caregiving Working Conditions. With the release of a national study, Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work, the National Domestic Worker Alliance is shedding light on the labor conditions for one of the fastest growing industries in the country: domestic care.
Despite their critical contribution, these workers are not protected by the basic fair labor laws that others of us take for granted every day. The Home Economics report surveyed over 2000 house cleaners, nannies and caregivers across the country and found that many are paid below minimum wage, do not receive over time pay, health benefits or workers compensation. Many endure extended working hours without a break, and many cited physical and verbal abuse that went unreported due to the fear of losing their jobs.
As New Mexicans we must demand better working conditions and basic labor protections for our domestic workers. This is the best way to guarantee that our aging parents and our growing children are receiving the highest quality of care, which we all agree they deserve.
See highlights from the press release, which was a collaborated effort between Encuentro and Strong Families New Mexico, OLE NM, NM Caregivers Coalition and El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos.