Connecticut Bill of Rights

In July of 2015, the state of Connecticut took a giant first step forward for domestic workers in their state when Governor Malloy signed the Connecitcut Domestic Worker Bill.

Domestic workers in Connecticut celebrate the passage of the Bill of Rights out of Committee

BACKGROUND

In the summer of 2014, a Task Force was created to study issues involving domestic workers in the state and make recommendations for legislative initiatives to provide outreach and education services to domestic workers and employers of domestic workers in the state.

Members of the Task Force included the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women; CT Department of Labor; Attorney General’s office; state legislative leaders; and domestic worker and domestic employer representatives.

In Connecticut, there are approximately 40,000 domestic workers who serve as housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers in private homes.  Domestic workers play a critical role in Connecticut’s economy, working to ensure the health and prosperity of Connecticut families and freeing others to participate in the workforce. Despite the value of their work caring for children, elders and our homes, domestic workers have historically been excluded from the protections under state law extended to workers in other industries. This has led to a workforce, predominantly composed of women supporting their own families, that is isolated and vulnerable.

Domestic workers are primarily immigrant women who work in private households in order to provide for their own families as the primary income earner. The role of domestic workers is essential to Connecticut as it enables others to participate in the workforce. Without these domestic workers many would be forced to forgo their own jobs to address their household needs, the result being that the well-being of many Connecticut families and the economy as a whole would suffer. However, despite the importance of their work, domestic workers have historically received wages well below the poverty line and continue to be excluded from some of the most fundamental labor protections other workers in Connecticut enjoy.

SUPPORT

Alianza por el Futuro
Caroline House
Center for Latino Progress
Center for Popular Democracy
Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County
Center for Youth Leadership
Connecticut Legal Services
Connecticut Students for a Dream
CRISOL
Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
Connecticut Working Families Party
Eglise St. Jean – Bridgeport
Immigration Rights Task Force of the Unitarian Society of New Haven
Junta for Progressive Action
Mariusz Kurcyna – Labor Attorney
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Employment Law Project
Naugatuck Valley Project
New Haven Legal Assistance
New Haven People’s Center
Planned Parenthood
Polish American Foundation
Presbyterian Women – Synod of the Northeast
Quetzal
SEIU State Council
SEIU – District 1199, New England Health Care Employees Union
United Action Connecticut
United Auto Workers
Women of the ELCA of New England

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact the Brazilian Immigrant Center, Bridgeport CT.

Iamê Manucci, Campaign Coordinator
Brazilian Immigrant Center, 1067 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
ctdwbor@braziliancenter.org / (203) 540-5444

Natalicia Tracy, Executive Director
Natalicia.tracy@umb.edu / (617) 784-2756

Or contact:

Beverly Brakeman, United Auto Workers, bbrakeman@uaw.net/ (860) 803-6666
Stacey Zimmerman, SEIU CT State Council, staceyseiu@gmail.com/ (203)733-0173