You may have heard of Well-Paid Maids. The New York City cleaning company is committed to paying its employees (yes, employees — not contractors) a fair, living wage starting at $26 an hour.
Plus, cleaners get benefits like health, dental, vision and life insurance; 22 paid days off per year; company-paid unlimited ride MetroCards; and more.
But what you might not know is that, in addition to taking care of its own employees, Well-Paid Maids is fighting for better working conditions for all domestic workers.
Over the years, Well-Paid Maids employees have testified in state capitals and federally to emphasize the need for a higher minimum wage, public paid family and medical leave programs, and more.
“It is important to recognize… that there is a policy failure, which is that people don’t make enough money to live on,” the company’s founder, Aaron Seyedian, told The Washington Post.
Starting Well-Paid Maids as a living example of what policy could accomplish — as well as a vehicle for activism — was Seyedian’s way of contributing to the progressive movement.
So what does this mean for you? It means you can feel good about supporting Well-Paid Maids by getting your home professionally cleaned.
Not only are you backing a model employer, but you’re also helping the company lift up its business model as an example to policymakers everywhere.