Domestic Workers: Know Your Rights
In 2010, domestic workers in New York made history when the nation's first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was passed into law. Nannies, housekeepers, and elder caregivers led a six-year struggle to win basic standards and protections for the important work we do to keep New York families functioning. Check out the various media sources to learn more about the new legislation and all the laws protecting domestic workers:
Call into the new Know Your Rights Hotline: (646) 699-3989.
'New Day New Standard' is an interactive hotline that informs nannies, housekeepers, eldercaregivers, and their employers about the landmark Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights, passed in New York State in November 2010. 'New Day New Standard' combines regular touchtone phones, Internet-based telephony, and performance art to create an interactive Spanish/English know-your-rights audio campaign for domestic workers and their employers in New York State. But this is no drab and dry reading of the law. When you call the 'New Day New Standard' hotline number, you hear what sounds like a radio talk show, 'hosted' by Christine Lewis, a real nanny in New York.
Call in and hear topics ranging from minimum and overtime wages, vacation time and paying your taxes, to modern day slavery and trafficking. Listeners can also get connected directly to different social services, such as legal support or community organizations working around a variety of needs. Listeners can also leave their 10-digit telephone number to receive SMS updates about nanny convos in their neighborhood! Launched in time for Mother's Day, 'New Day New Standard' functions as a key media component of a New York City-wide campaign starting in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on May 15, 2012 that seeks to encourage domestic workers and their employers to comply with the law.
Listen to the Episodes online, too!
- Definition of a domestic worker
- Episode about paying your taxes
- Episode about minimum and overtime wages
- Episode about penalties for non-compliant employers
- Episode about unemployment insurance
- Episode about wage deductions
- The menu tree for callers
- 30 second PSA about this project
Partners: People's Production House, REV-, MIT Center for Civic Media, the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), National Employment Law Project (NELP).
Visit the dedicated Know Your Rights website.
Click here to visit a special Know Your Rights web site full of resources and tools for both workers and employers. Everything you need to know from contracts to specific details about labor law. There is also a section on the history of the domestic workers' struggle in the U.S. for recognition and rights!
Stay tuned for more resources!
Become a Member
Domestic Workers United is a membership organization, made up of nannies, housekeepers, and elder care givers who are organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards, and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all. If you are a domestic worker, we invite you to get involved and be a member of DWU. By becoming a member you will learn more about your rights as a worker, have access to free legal support, and build your leadership alongside other domestic workers in the struggle for dignity, respect, and fair labor standards.
I WANT TO BE A MEMBER!
THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP, PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:
Saturday, September 19th @ 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Caribbean Gallery at Brooklyn Public Library, Flatbush Branch
22 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Benefits of being a member of DWU:
- Get access to free legal consultation and services in the event that your rights as a worker have been violated
- Receive support around employer negotiation, writing contracts, resume writing and job searching
- Get important information about local, state and national policies impacting domestic workers and be supported to raise your voice to make a difference
- Join work committees and participate in organizational decision making and planning at our annual Membership Assembly
- Get discounted rates for job training programs like our annual Nanny Course and Household Management course
* Membership dues are only $5 a month. Membership dues are waived if you are unemployed.
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