On Thursday 29th July, the New York City Council voted 41-2 to include domestic workers in the New York City Human Rights law. This is a historic win for the 60,000 domestic workers who were not protected under the law. This bill will protect home care workers, nannies, and housecleaners and will prohibit discrimination in New York City. The NY NDWA & We Dream in Black Chapter, affiliates Adhikaar and Carroll Gardens Association, and partners Hand in Hand and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice have been organizing for this bill since 2018.
In the past two years, the coalition launched a campaign committee, held biweekly meetings, called Speaker Johnson’s office numerous times, held virtual press conferences, delivered petitions to the Speaker’s office, and held in-person actions for Day of the Dead and International Domestic Workers Day. Domestic workers took the lead, told their stories, led meetings, and invited other workers to get involved.
Congratulations to all the domestic workers in NYC who led this campaign and won this huge step forward for all domestic workers!