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Just Employers: Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers’ Rights

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Check out the AFL-CIO's new In Our Communities website feature, "Just Employers: Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers’ Rights."

In 2010, New York ratified landmark legislation for domestic workers, a group excluded from the legal protections—such as the right to organize and collectively bargain—granted by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights gave domestic workers the right to overtime pay, paid days of rest and protection against sexual or racial harassment.

Yet many employers are unaware of these new provisions. And last week, the first national survey of domestic workers found 23% earn less than their state’s minimum wage—and for workers who live with their employers, the number increases to 67%.

That’s why Domestic Workers United (DWU), the New York-based grassroots organization that led the campaign for the bill, is working with a broad coalition to help domestic workers organize and educate the public how to make the law real. The effort, dubbed the Park Slope Education Project, connects nannies, housekeepers and caretakers in the upscale Brooklyn neighborhood with parent-employers. 

Read the rest of "Just Employers: Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers’ Rights."

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