Domestic Workers United




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Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2014):

Revenue: $6,732
Expenses: $128,349
Assets: $38,417

Budget (2014):

Revenue: $6,732

Expenses: $128,349

Assets: $33,917




Patricia Francois


Labor advocacy group

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Domestic Workers United (DWU) is a New York-based labor advocacy group for Caribbean, Latina, and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers. The organization is a founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), a union-aligned left-of-center coalition consisting of 60 nonprofit advocates of nationwide labor regulations. DWU head Ai-jen Poo left the organization in 2007 to co-found the NDWA. 1

DWA reached up to 500 members, mostly consisting of women and immigrants. 2

DWA has likely been defunct since 2015, in which the most recent news story about it was published. 3 No tax returns have been filed since 2014, its website has not been updated since 2013,4 and the group’s Facebook page has not been updated since 2012. 5

Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

In 2010, Domestic Workers United, operating under the NDWA, worked to support passage of the “Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” a package of labor regulations, in the New York State legislature. The bill was sponsored by then-Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan) and Senator Diane Savino (D-Queens). The bill created labor regulations for nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers concerning standardized workdays, work weeks, overtime pay rates, and protection against workplace discrimination and harassment. 6

The DWA received support from the New York Domestic Workers Justice Coalition, a coalition of local left-of-center labor advocacy groups, including Adhikaar for Human Rights, Unity Housecleaners, Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, and the Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers. 7


  1. Hilgers, Lauren. “Out of the Shadows.” New York Times. Accessed April 9, 2020.
  2. Alexander, Amber. “Nannies are Brooklyn’s bridge between cultures.” BC News Service. Accessed April 9, 2020.

  3. Alexander, Amber. “Nannies are Brooklyn’s bridge between cultures.” BC News Service. Accessed April 9, 2020.

  4. “Domestic Workers United.” Domestic Workers United. Accessed April 9, 2020.
  5. “Domestic Workers United.” Facebook. Accessed April 9, 2020.
  6. “State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.” Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign. Accessed April 9, 2020.
  7. “More About the Bill.” National Domestic Workers Alliance. Accessed April 9, 2020.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 2010

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2014 Dec Form 990 $6,732 $128,349 $38,417 $4,500 N $6,683 $0 $49 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $42,679 $369,624 $160,957 $5,423 N $33,029 $6,325 $228 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $308,408 $623,835 $502,755 $20,276 N $300,181 $8,063 $164 $35,572 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $705,642 $406,499 $809,380 $11,472 N $692,284 $13,358 $0 $49,000 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $794,866 $410,253 $525,180 $26,415 N $786,036 $8,345 $0 $149,270 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Domestic Workers United

    1000 DEAN ST STE 432
    BROOKLYN, NY 11238-3386