FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012
Domestic Workers Launch Education Campaign in Local Community: More than 60% of employers in Park Slope in violation of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Passed in 2010
Brooklyn, NY—Domestic Workers United (DWU) held a street fair today in Park Slope to honor and educate domestic workers along with members of the media and employers regarding the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Despite its reputation for being a politically involved community, a large percentage of Park Slope parents employing domestic workers are not abiding by the Bill of Rights that was passed in the state of New York in 2010.
DWU announced their new hotline, produced in collaboration with REV/People's Production House to help educate domestic workers on their rights, particularly regarding overtime wages, paying your taxes, days of rest and more.
"I want a New York where our children know that the people who care for them are respected and protected," said Councilmember Brad Lander. "Working together, we can ensure that all domestic workers are protected by the basic standards set by the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. I am proud to stand with the workers struggling for this cause, and I am proud to stand with the employers who are taking it a step further and providing job security and benefits to the domestic workers they employ."
Three beautiful banners, depicting images of domestic workers, produced by Groundswell and children raised with domestic workers were unveiled. Following the press conference, a street fair was held for hundreds of domestic workers and the children under their care in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Additionally, resource guides were also distributed to help the area's employers comply with the law.
"I love my work. I am a nanny and I believe that as a professional I deserve to have respect and rights on my job, just like everyone else," said Anna Laura Alvarado, a nanny in Brooklyn. "We know Park Slope employers can and want to do better. Today marks a new day for all domestic workers in Park Slope and New York City, because employers and workers are coming together around standards that benefit everyone."
The hotline number below can be utilized to learn more about overtime wages, paying taxes, days of rest and more. Additionally, please visit knowyourrights.org to learn more.
Hotline number: (646) 699-3989.
For more information on Domestic Workers United please visit: http://www.domesticworkersunited.org/index.php/en/
Domestic Workers United [DWU] is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.