My first job in the U.S. was cleaning houses in the wealthy part of New York's Long Island.
Inside the marbled halls of America's expensive homes, I encountered challenges that shocked me, but were no different than the experiences of workers in Donald Trump's real estate business. For three years, I worked 16-hour days almost every day for less than $400 per month. I was underpaid and isolated.
Sustaining the Momentum of the Women's March: Where We Go From Here
11/08/2016 | Andrea Cristina Mercado | Truthout
This weekend I marched in Washington, DC, with my younger sister, in a contingent with hundreds of immigrant women, women of color, domestic workers, Native American women, and grassroots environmental activists. Like so many who attended the Women's March, I was awestruck to see the sheer size of the march, the number of women who mobilized -- many of whom had never before attended a march -- to proclaim their commitment to fight back against attacks on our bodies, our families, our...
Chicago — For eight years, I worked as a housecleaner for a millionaire who lived in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. I took the bus across town three times a week, often to work in an empty house because my employer was frequently away, traveling for business.
That also meant I got paid only when I saw him — in lump sums, often months apart. At first, I didn’t mind this setup, but soon, months would pass. By the end of 2008, my employer owed me $10,000 — and had stopped...