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Domestic Workers Working Hard to Sustain American Families, Compromising Their Social Security

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza

Author(s): Luisa Grillo-Chope; Carlos Ramos; Luisa Grillo-Chope; Carlos Ramos

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Public finance)

Keywords: Household workers; Economic inequality; Hispanic population; Wage reporting

Type: Report

Coverage: United States United States


Labor Day is an important opportunity to recognize the important contributions of Latinos to the workforce and highlight ways in which public policy can improve the ability and the opportunity of Latino workers to succeed and prosper. Policy experts and the Congress grappled with Social Security reform last year. But the debate left out many Latino workers by failing to talk about the need of workers to gain better access to social insurance. With each paycheck, workers make their Social Security contributions, earning credits for retirement or in the event of disability or death. However, workers in the informal sector, a sector with a high concentration of Latinos, may encounter specific barriers in accessing and participating in social insurance. One such group of workers who work informally and face such challenges is domestic workers.