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Largely working isolated in people's private homes, the exploitation of domestic workers has been well documented throughout history. But with the passage of New York's Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, the tide is beginning to turn. Workers are now organizing in California and other states to win basic rights and protections long denied to this labor force. Along the way, they have had to come up with creative solutions to systemic challenges. Featuring: Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Priscilla Gonzalez, Domestic Workers United; Premilla Nadasen, Queens College; Dorothy Bolden, former domestic worker; Jill Shenker, National Domestic Workers…
Priscilla Gonzalez, Director of Domestic Workers United, Senator Diane Savino (D-Brooklyn/Staten Island) discuss the NY State Senate's passage of the domestic workers bill of rights. Click here to listen to the segment »
Dec 5, 2010 WNYC News Cindy Rodriguez "Nannies Get New Benefits in New York" Click Here to Listen to Story A one-of-a-kind law guaranteeing nannies overtime and other benefits has just taken effect in New York. It's the first bill specifically aimed at protecting "domestic workers" in the United States. But the new law isn't forcing big changes in the way most families treat their nannies. Click Here to Listen to Story
Requires Quicktime 7.0 — click here to download New York State Governor David Paterson has signed into law a so-called "bill of rights" for domestic workers who have been excluded from the nation's fair labor standards law. Advocates say that, at least in New York, domestic workers will finally have rights that other workers have enjoyed for decades. Lily Jamali reports from New York City.  
September 1, 2010 NY Passes Domestic Worker Bill of Rights - is CA Next? Click here to listen There are hundreds of thousands “domestic laborers” hard at work in the households of Los Angeles, and all of them should be looking east to New York with great interest. Yesterday New York Governor David Paterson signed the Domestic Workers’ Rights bill into law providing the 270,000 domestic workers in NY with more rights and protection than anywhere else in the nation. New York may be leading the way but the Golden State isn’t far behind. What is in the California Domestic…
Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report National Edition Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg Domestic Workers Urge NYS Pass Fair Labor Standards In 2010 http://buildingbridgesradio.blogspot.com/2010/06/nys-domestic-workers-will-win-27.html with Barbara Young, Domestic Workers United, Ed Ott, labor activist, Hector Figueroa, Sec. Treasurer Local 32BJ, George Gresham, 1199 SEIU Pres., Esther Cooper Jackson, civil rights activist, State Senator Diane Savino, N.Y. City Councilwoman Gale Brewer Legendary Civil Rights-era activist Esther Cooper Jackson, distinguished labor activists alongside of cheering nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers raised their voices in tribute to domestic workers and demanded basic benefits, such as paid leave, and notice, &…
"Domestic Workers Make All Other Work Possible:" An Interview with Christine Lewis "Domestic Workers Make All Other Work Possible": An Inter... Labor Justice Radio  
By Laura Dean Young domestic workers fight for their rights in the informal economy View original post Here
An Interview with Christine Lewis, a domestic worker and labor organizer, with Domestic Workers United.  Labor Justice Radio: Show for September 2009 Labor Justice Radio  
The Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights is before the New York State Senate RIGHT NOW. Help make New York the first state in this country to respect and protect the lives and work of domestic workers. Domestic Workers United (DWU) has worked hard for the last 5 years to get this far, the House has passed the bill and the Governor has promised to sign it. Call your New York State Senator (or share this with New Yorkers who can make the call) and ask them to support S2311- otherwise known as The Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights. Pass the…
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