In 2010 New York State passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, the first law in the nation giving domestic workers legal rights in their workplace – our homes. But who does the law count as a domestic worker? What rights do they now have? And how will they find out about them?

CUP, Domestic Workers United (DWU), and artist Damon Locks worked together to create this issue of Making Policy Public. The goal was to create a portable tool that could be distributed to this decentralized workforce and help them to know their rights so they can claim them. In addition to breaking down employees’ rights (including those of undocumented immigrants), the poster provides guidance for the many employers who want to provide a supportive work environment, but aren’t sure where to find information on these issues. To reach the many domestic workers who speak English as a second language, the fold-out poster explains the law in five languages commonly spoken by DWU’s membership – English, Spanish, Hatian Creole, Nepali, and Tagalog.

Domestic Workers United is spreading knowledge of the rights of domestic workers by distributing the MPP through their network of sister organizations, giving them to DWU members, and handing them out in public places to domestic workers and their employers.

Get your own copy of the poster here.

Resources & Links

Domestic Workers United is an organization of Caribbean, Latina, and African women, and women of African descent, working as nannies, housekeepers, and elder care providers in New York, who are organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards, and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.

Damon Locks’s work often revolves around people and their landscape. He works in a combination of drawing, photography, digital manipulation, and silk screening. He began his schooling at SVA in NYC as an illustration major but later transferred to the School of The Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in fine arts.

Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Surdna Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; North Star Fund; and New York City Council Member Brad Lander.

Special Thanks

Valeria Mogilevich, Clara Amenyo, Luna Ranjit, Narbada Chhetri, Maxine Montilus, Nadine Volcy, Ruth Charles, Ninaj Raoul, Leah Obias, Andrea Gentile

Participants

  • CUP
    • Project Leads
    • Mark Torrey
    • Christine Gaspar
    • Project Support
    • Sam Holleran
    • Valeria Mogilevich
    • Domestic Workers United
    • Advocacy Partner
    • Priscilla Gonzalez
    • Joycelyn Gill-Campbell
    • Meches Rosales
    • Samantha Schoer
    • Damon Locks
    • Artist
    • Karolina Lach
    • Typographer