October was an action packed month for us!
Domestic Worker Day was an amazing success. Atlanta City Council proclaimed October 13 Domestic Worker Day in the city of Atlanta, and presented us with the proclamation at the Domestic Worker Day celebration. Over 70 people, including the children of Dorothy Bolden and mayoral candidate Sen. Vincent Fort, were in attendance to celebrate 5 years of domestic worker organizing in Atlanta, and the 10th anniversary of NDWA. We would like to thank everyone who joined us to celebrate, and all of those who wished us a happy birthday!
We would also like to thank everyone who participated in our focus groups last week. The results of those focus groups will be a component of a dynamic project about domestic work in the South in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies.
As the year winds down, we are deep in prep mode to make 2018 our biggest year yet! We hope to see you join us at one of our remaining activities so that your input can be included in our plans!
Chapter staff and members with the Bolden family receiving the proclamation from City Council. Photo courtesy of Heather James Photography.
Georgia Domestic Worker Congress
Domestic Workers in Georgia are building a movement for better conditions in our work and our lives! On November 4 and 5, workers from across the state will gather in Atlanta to discuss the issues we face and the solutions to those problems. There will also be trainings and workshops to assist domestic workers in their careers. Join the movement and attend the Congress!
On Saturday, from 10 am- 4 pm, we will be discussing the conditions of domestic work in Georgia, voting on a base wage for domestic workers, and planning out a strategy to WIN!
On Sunday, from 2pm - 4pm, we will be holding career development trainings.
Breakfast and Lunch are included on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be light refreshments. Childcare will be provided.
The Congress will be held at the Georgia Citizen's Coalition on Hunger, 9 Gammon Ave, Atlanta 30315.
*Registration priority for this event is reserved for current and former domestic workers. If space permits, other parties may attend.
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Monthly Member Meeting
Join us for our monthly membership meeting on Saturday, November 18!
New Member Orientation begins at 10 am. If you are a new or returning member, you will need to attend the New Member Orientation.
Regular Meeting starts at 10:30 am. Breakfast will be served, and childcare is available. Please RSVP by emailing email@example.com by Thursday, November 16.
Care Film Screening
In partnership with our friends at Caring Across Generation and AARP, on Tuesday, November 14, the Atlanta chapter will be co-sponsoring a screening of the film Care, a documentary about the lives of paid caregivers and the elderly and disabled patients they care for. There will be a panel following the screening.
- Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5: Domestic Worker Congress
- Tuesday, November 14: Care Film Screening
- Saturday, November 18, 10am-1pm: Member Meeting
- Saturday, December 2: End of the Year Member Retreat
From Our Partners
Learn About Apprenticeship Opportunities For Women
From the Department of Labor Women's Bureau:
Completing an apprenticeship dramatically raises workers’ wages. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, workers who complete an apprenticeship earn an average starting salary of $50,000. Apprenticeships offer women the opportunity to train in high-skill occupations, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology. Women who work high-skill occupations, traditionally male-dominate fields; tend to experience greater wage parity.
The Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting a Women in Apprenticeship program on Tuesday November 14th, 2017in honor of National Apprenticeship week.
The program will feature a panel of women who have completed or are currently enrolled in an apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program, sharing their advice for women contemplating becoming apprentice. The panel will discuss the challenges of being a woman apprentice and what can be done to be successful.
Representatives from apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs will be in attendance to share information about their programs and the application and enrollment process.
To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-about-apprenticeship-opportunities-for-women-tickets-39086703382