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Albany Approves No-Fault Divorce and Domestic Workers’ Rights By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS Published: July 1, 2010 ALBANY — Lawmakers on Thursday crossed two historic thresholds governing the realm of the home, making New York the first state to grant workplace rights to domestic employees and the last to allow some version of no-fault divorce. ... The law on domestic employees was a major victory with sweeping implications for the estimated 200,000 such workers in the New York City area. Click here to view full article
“Today, both houses of the Legislature passed legislation that truly deserves to be called historic. It would make New York the first State in the nation to enshrine in law the basic rights of a class of workers that has historically and wrongfully been excluded from such protections: the domestic workers who care for our children, clean our homes, and provide the elderly with companionship. Their work is of incalculable value, yet our laws have failed to recognize it. This bill would change that, and serve as a model for such change on a national scale. “The bill passed today…
New York Times City Room Blog By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Thursday approved the first law in the nation granting workplace rights to domestic workers such as nannies and housekeepers, a major victory for workers’ advocates and one with sweeping implications for the estimated 200,000 such workers in the New York City metropolitan area. Click here to read full article
July 1, 2010 7:52 PM Posted by CBS News Investigates This post was written by CBS News Investigates intern Brian Mastroianni. -- Deloris Wright worked for eight years as a nanny for a family in New York City. Earlier this year she was fired when she refused to work a nearly 60-hour week with no overtime. "I was so humiliated," said Wright. "When I spoke to him about overtime, he dismissively waved his hand in my face and said, 'Don't even go there.'" On Thursday, New York lawmakers gave final legislative approval to a bill making the nation's first domestic…
NY Times editorial urging the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this session. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/opinion/26sat4.html
Immigrant Women Get Recognised ...Finally! New bill to protect Domestic Workers GLENVILLE ASHBY Published: 9 Jun 2010 An honest day’s work is always noble. But there is something about being a domestic worker in New York that ignites discussion and debate. Is it demeaning? Frankly put, should young women leave their homes in the Caribbean to take care of other people’s children? You ask different people and you may never get the same answer. Click here to view full article
In the struggle over rights for household workers, the political is very personal. By Jennifer Gonnerman Published Jun 6, 2010 Every morning, the exodus of nannies begins before dawn. They greet one another at the subway stop in Crown Heights or East Flatbush or Sunset Park, then board the train to Manhattan, fanning out across the borough to spend the next eight or ten or fourteen hours taking care of someone else’s children. Patricia Francois would ride the Q train from Flatbush to her workplace, a luxury apartment across from Carnegie Hall. Click here to read full article
ALBOR RUIZ Sunday, June 6th 2010, 12:19 PM Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections. "As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society." Click here to read full article
NY Senate passes domestic worker 'bill of rights' By Daniel Massey The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday night seeking to provide New York's 200,000 domestic workers with overtime pay, vacation and sick days and the right to a weekly day of rest. The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights—which stalled last year due to the Senate coup—passed by a vote of 33 to 28, with Senator Frank Padavan, of Queens, casting the lone Republican vote. It now must be reconciled with a less comprehensive bill approved by the Assembly last year.
For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection By RUSS BUETTNER Published: June 2, 2010 In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care. Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted. Click here to view full article
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