These files reflect the concerns of Household Workers' Rights. The questionnaire, modeled after a survey by the Women's Occupational
Health Resource Center in New York, delves into the specific problems faced by household workers. Information includes womens'
ages, their children's ages, childcare concerns, length of time household work has been performed and other jobs held. Using
diagrams of the human body on which to point out health concerns, this survey inquires about job injuries, aches and skin
problems. Other subjects mentioned are flu, depression, over-tiredness, medical insurance and sexual harassment. There are
170 responses to this 1982 survey; 40 of which are in Spanish.
Household Workers' Rights was organized March 1979 by employee members of the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Board # 15.
In 1976, the IWC had first covered household workers with benefits such as lunch breaks, overtime pay, and reporting time
pay (household worker reports to place of employment but is locked out and thus unable to work.) Because of the nature and
isolation of household work, law enforcement was problematic. Household Wrokers' Rights, originally a Union WAGE project,
attempted to alleviate some of the problems which were faced by the workers, mostly women and two-thirds of them minority
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