Resolution 2019.03.01: Support the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign

Authors: David McMahon, LS, Shelly Ronen, Penny Walter Co-Sponsors: Natalie M. Heather F. Rhianna B., Vicki F., Jonah G., Kilynn L. Matt R. Mary M.

Authors: David McMahon, LS, Shelly Ronen, Penny Walter
Co-Sponsors: Natalie M. Heather F. Rhianna B., Vicki F., Jonah G., Kilynn L. Matt R. Mary M.

Whereas, domestic workers like nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers do the work that makes all other work possible by caring for other people’s homes, children, and loved ones; and,

Whereas, domestic workers - the vast majority of whom are women, immigrants, and people of color - face low wages, unsafe working conditions, and sexual harassment while carrying out this work; and,

Whereas, across Pennsylvania there are 28,000 domestic workers, 91% of whom are women, and in the Philadelphia area there are over 16,000 domestic workers, 84% of whom are women with an annual salary of $10,100; and,

Whereas, domestic workers in Pennsylvania are not guaranteed a minimum wage, do not have overtime after 40 hours, do not have paid time off for sick and vacation days, do not have paid rest and meal breaks, do not have legal protections from sexual harassment and discrimination, do not have guaranteed written contracts with employers; and,

Whereas, domestic workers can be subjected to employers taking money from their paychecks without permission, and employers are not required to keep records of work hours, wages, and any paycheck deductions; and

Whereas, domestic workers do not have any ability to hold an employer legally accountable if they break any of these laws; and,

Whereas, the decline of the manufacturing sector combined with the rise of the service industry and contingent work in the so-called “gig economy” will make organizing decentralized workers increasingly crucial; and,

Whereas, A broad coalition of progressive and socialist groups have endorsed the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance and the creation of a Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights including ACLU-PA, American Federation of Teachers Local 2026, Asian Americans United, CWA, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, One PA, PASNAP, PA Working Families Party, Philadelphia Jobs With Justice, Philadelphia Tenants Union, PhilaPOSH, Philly Socialists, Restaurant Opportunities Center, 215 Peoples’ Alliance, Temple Association of University Professionals, Taxi Workers Alliance of PA, United Home Care Workers of PA, Women’s Community Revitalization Project, Youth United for Change, among others; and,

Therefore be it resolved, that Philadelphia DSA show its support for the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance and for the adoption of a Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights by signing the letter of support circulated by the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance; and,

Be it further resolved, that Philadelphia DSA educate its members and the public about domestic workers’ rights and the campaign through at least one political education event, and by producing a pamphlet for publication on DSA’s website; and,

Be it further resolved, that a temporary committee be formed, consisting of David M, Shelly R, Larissa S, Kilynn L, Penny W, and Jack M, with an expiration of December 31, 2019; and,

Be it finally resolved, that this committee will work, as needed, with other appropriate committees to hold at least one phone-bank event to ask members to contact their Council Persons to urge them to support the adoption of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and as necessary to mobilize members to attend Council hearings in support of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

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