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EDITORIAL Domestic Workers’ Rights Published: June 6, 2010 New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected. Click to view full article
Sonya Michael December 2nd, 2010 In a tell-tale sign of how the future economic, social and political make-up of the United States is fundamentally shifting away from domination by Anglo men, the Wilson Center’s Sonya Michel points to a powerful example. She explores how migrant women are taking the lead in fighting for legal protections for home-based workers in the United States.... Click Here for Full Article
El Diario NY El Presidente de la Asamblea del estado de Nueva York, Sheldon Silver, tiene el poder de llevar a debate al piso de la asamblea para que se apruebe un proyecto de ley de derechos de trabajadores. El tiene que hacerlo en esta sesión legislativa. En Nueva York y en toda la nación, las empleadas domésticas están unidas por los derechos básicos que otros dan por sentados. Muchas se encuentran mal pagadas y maltratadas por empleadores abusivos y sin la protección prevista a otros trabajadores bajo las leyes estatales y federales. La Ley Nacional de Relaciones Laborales, por…
Thousands of domestic workers and their supporters rallied this week in Albany to push for final passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. Click here to listen to report
Albany, NY — A first-of-its-kind measure to protect domestic workers is up for consideration in New York. State lawmakers have heard from nannies, housekeepers and caregivers, who say the measure is needed to protect them from "slave-like" conditions. That might sound like overstatement - were it not for the Long Island couple that was recently found guilty of forced labor charges in the abuse of two Indonesian women. click here to read more
State Sen. Diane Savino today headlined two Albany rallies pegged to equal rights for female workers, saying "pocketbook issues" of financial equality benefit not only women but families, especially during tough economic times. And in keeping with the theme of the day, Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) sponsored the visit of several Staten Island Girl Scout troops to the state capital, calling it a "serendipitous" confluence of events on a day that highlighted gender-equality legislation. In observance of Equal Pay Day, Ms. Savino rallied with supporters of the New York State Fair Pay Act, meant to strengthen pay-equity laws. A co-sponsor…
Tuesday, Ana Ontiveros will not make her usual daily trip from the Bronx to her job as a housekeeper in Manhattan. Instead, she'll take a day off without pay and board a bus to Albany with dozens of other housekeepers, nannies and maids to rally the state Legislature for a domestic workers' Bill of Rights Click Here for Full Article
Sunday, April 26th 2009, 4:00 AM Thousands of domestic workers and their supporters are expected to rally Tuesday in Albany to push for final passage of the urgently needed Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. For five long years nannies, housekeepers and caregivers have patiently waited for the State of New York to grant them the same protection under the law that other laborers take for granted. Surely, equality is not too much to ask for those to whom we entrust our loved ones and homes. "We have waited far too long," said Ai-jen Poo, the lead organizer for Domestic Workers…
By LAUREN N. JOHNSON, Gazette staff writer Domestic workers, labor leaders, and employers from around the state are demanding passage of legislation that would provide labor protections for more than 200,000 domestic workers currently employed in private homes in New York City. Journalist and long-time advocate of domestic workers’ rights, Barbara Ehrenreich, opened the press conference stating, “This is one of the groups of workers in this country that is most, routinely abused, underpaid, and ignored as if they were invisible. “This would not be the first time that women, particularly women of color, have taken the lead in labor…
Surviving the Mother-Nanny Divide Article Tools Sponsored By By ANITA GATES Published: April 24, 2009 Lisa Ramirez has seen some bad stuff. She moved from California to New York to become an actress. Instead of waiting tables to pay the bills, she became a “temp nanny” and found that the job took over her life. It also inspired “Exit Cuckoo,” her funny, sad and satisfyingly complex one-woman show at the Clurman Theater. It’s too bad that the title “The Nanny Diaries” has been taken, because that’s what Ms. Ramirez has written. The characters she plays include nannies from three countries,…
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