Domestic work is essential work, and a vital part of the New York City economy. As COVID-19 has shown the world, the care work of childcare providers, nannies, house cleaners and home attendants, is work that makes all other work possible.
There is a growing demand in our city for domestic workers. Yet as this recently released domestic worker fact sheet outlines, these jobs remain underpaid, undervalued, and without benefits. New York City’s 200,000 domestic workers are largely immigrant women of color— further exacerbating the racial and economic injustices far too prevalent in our city.
We call on New York City to create a care action plan in partnership with local worker and employer organizations. This plan should respond to the COVID-19 crisis, raise standards for domestic workers, and support the enforcement of domestic worker rights legislation through worker/employer outreach and education. It is also imperative that we stop the attack on our Black and brown communities by defunding the police and ending all collaboration with I.C.E. while reinvesting in Black and brown communities.