Nannies, Aides For Elderly Push For Labor Law Protections

HARTFORD — Nannies, maids, gardeners, personal chefs, chauffeurs and caregivers for the elderly are asking Connecticut to change labor laws to require that they be paid at least the minimum wage.

Currently, domestic workers and farm workers are excluded from federal laws that established the right to a minimum wage and to overtime.

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Natalacia Tracy, a leader in getting Massachusetts to pass such a law, said Tuesday it's time for Connecticut to become the fifth state to expand protections for domestic workers.

Domestic Workers Push for Bill of Rights at Connecticut State House

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Domestic Workers Push for Bill of Rights at Connecticut State House
Workers, employers, and families urge passage of SB446 to make Connecticut fifth state to finally include domestic workers in standard protections

Harp signs onto domestic workers’ rights movement

Flanked by over 20 workers’ rights activists, Mayor Toni Harp signed a resolution in support of a state Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Monday afternoon at City Hall.

Domestic Workers Rally For Rights At Capitol

They take care of children and the elderly and are trusted to clean homes, but domestic workers are not protected by Connecticut labor laws most of us take for granted.

Natalicia Tracy, executive director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center, said domestic workers have been excluded from Connecticut’s labor laws for 75 years. But she hopes that’s about to change.

City Rallies For Domestic Workers Rights

With a few quick flourishes, Mayor Toni Harp signed off on a city resolution that urges the state to pass laws protecting its 40,000 domestic workers.

She was joined in City Hall by four domestic workers, their advocates, and Alders Darryl Brackeen, Richard Furlow and Andrea Jackson-Brooks, who drafted and supported the Board of Alders Resolution. The resolution will head next to the Connecticut General Assembly, urging delegates to pass laws that offer domestic workers labor protection, sick days and workers’ compensation.

Roll Back Low Wages: 9 Stories of New Labor Organizing in the United States

In this study, labor journalist Sarah Jaffe, whose writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Nation, and In These Times and who works as co-host of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast, examines this series of low-wage workers’ movements that has gained strength in recent years for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Including fast food strikes and the fight for a $15 minimum wage; retail, grocery store, restaurant, and taxi workers; Carwasheros, domestic and home care workers, and those living in the U.S.

Mass. leads on protecting rights for domestic workers

LAST SUMMER, Massachusetts became the fourth state in the nation to enact a bill of rights for domestic workers, establishing labor standards and granting basic protections to nannies, housekeepers, and other in-home caregivers. The law, which went into effect on April 1, is broader in scope than similar laws in California, New York, and Hawaii. As other states consider cracking down on what essentially is an unregulated underground economy, Massachusetts’ leadership, by empowering domestic workers, stands out and deserves praise.

With New Protections Tied Up in the Courts, Home Health Care Workers Aren't Waiting Around

Almost two years after the Obama administration extended historic labor protections to the nation’s 1.79 million home healthcare workers, those new rights remain in limbo. In September 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to amend a longstanding regulation that has excluded them from earning the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, and compensation for travel on the job. For home healthcare workers in the United States—a group that is nearly 90 percent female—this move marked a significant step towards setting a floor of decent labor standards.

Domestic worker law goes into effect today

A new law protecting the rights of domestic workers became law Wednesday, a measure that could help improve the lives of thousands of people who care for children and clean homes, many of them women immigrants.

The law took years of work by local and national advocates for domestic workers, who will celebrate its adoption at an event in Boston Wednesday night. But enforcement of the law is just beginning, and it is tricky territory for workers, employers, and government officials.

How Sleep became a social justice issue: Health Researchers are underscoring the connection between sleep, work, and poverty —and the immense value of sleeping in.

Maria Fernandes worked three jobs at three different Dunkin’ Donuts stores in New Jersey. She napped when she could, often in her car between shifts. She tended to sleep with the engine running, and kept a container full of fuel in the back in case she ran out. On August 25, 2014, the container accidentally overturned and the car filled with fumes while she slept. Fernandes, 32, died there, still wearing her uniform.