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Select performances of Working Theater's EXIT CUCKOO -- Lisa Ramirez's new Off-Broadway play about the intricate and colorful culture of nannies in New York and the people who employ them, in previews beginning April 17, prior to its official press opening April 23, directed by Colman Domingo, at Theater Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) -- will be followed by talkbacks featuring special guests including author David Strah ("Gay Dads") and members of Domestic Workers United, Employers for Justice, and others. At once a comedy and commentary on a particular slice of city life, EXIT CUCKOO is based on…
Give nannies and housekeepers the rights they deserve. New York Daily News, Gayle Kirshenbaum. On any given morning, one of the 200,000 domestic workers in the New York City area might open the door to a household where she is greeted as a member of the family, . . . or she might be ignored as a member of the servant class. . . . Sometimes it’s a little of both. But rare is the household that recognizes her as an employee, no more or less.
New York Daily News, Albor Ruiz. “Because you work in a private house, almost anything goes,” said Marilyn Marshall of Brooklyn, a nanny from Trinidad. “They don’t think of what you do as real work or of you as a real worker.”
Farm Workers’ Rights, 70 Years Overdue. New York Times, Editorial. An unfinished labor battle from the New Deal is being waged again. The goal is to win basic rights that farm and domestic workers were denied more than 70 years ago. . . . That inequality is a perverse holdover from the Jim Crow era.
N.Y. domestic workers seek protection amid tough times. Reuters, Nick Zieminski. Advocates for New York City’s army of domestic workers are responding to tough economic times with a push to win new protections for nannies, housekeepers and others at the bottom of the economic ladder
Trickledown Downsizing. New York Times, Julie Scelfo. “There’s a lot of fear around job loss,” said Ai-jen Poo, of Domestic Workers United. “Workers are getting their hours cut, they’re getting fired, their employers say they found somebody who will work for less.” And “unlike other sectors getting hit, domestic workers have no safety net,” she added. “It’s the invisible, untold story of this crisis. It’s really hitting people hard.”
Domestic workers earned rights bill. New York Daily News, Albor Ruiz. Wright’s bill would for the first time give these women rights as real workers and equality under the law. Listen to these women recount their experiences and the urgency of passing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights becomes evident.
Listening to domestic workers talk about their jobs can give a rude jolt to assumptions about social progress and the civility of the rich and upper middle class. Click Here for Full Article
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