On Saturday, October 10, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh spoke before an enthusiastic crowd gathered for a membership meeting of Domestic Workers United (DWU), an organization of nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers working to promote fair labor standards and to end exploitation of such workers in New York.
Kavanagh noted his long-standing commitment to promoting justice and equitable working conditions for domestic workers, including his work as a staff member with City Councilmember Gale Brewer on a successful effort to enact the City’s Domestic Worker Protection Act in 2003 which can be viewed at nyc.gov.
Kavanagh also discussed the fight in Albany to pass Assembly bill A1470A, introduced by Assemblymember Keith Wright and co-prime sponsored by Kavanagh, which would include domestic workers in the State’s minimum wage, overtime, and anti-discrimination laws, require at least one day of rest each week, grant disability insurance to part-time domestic workers, and grant collective bargaining rights to domestic workers generally. Kavanagh congratulated DWU members on their advocacy for the bill, which passed the Assembly in June. Unfortunately, the State Senate has so far failed to bring it up for a vote.