Bronx group fights to improve conditions for domestic workers
A Bronx-based organization is trying to improve working conditions for nannies, housekeepers and caretakers. Members of Domestic Workers United say there are no standards in the industry and some employers are abusing their workers. The group has proposed a new bill of rights to help New York State's 800,000 domestic workers.
Domestic Workers United is calling for employees to receive a $14 an hour base wage and $16 if the employer doesn't provide health benefits. The group also wants overtime pay and up to 12 weeks of family care and medical leave. In addition, the bill of right requests at least one day off a week, as well as paid holidays, sick days and personal days, advance notice of termination and severance pay.
Members of Domestic Workers United say they met with Bronx Senator Valella in January. They presented him with a copy of the bill of rights and they're now waiting to see if he will submit it to the state legislature.