On June 1, the New York Senate put the state in position to be first in the nation to enact a Domestic Workers' Rights law (S2311) by a vote of 33-28. The New York Assembly led the way in June 2009 when it passed its own version of the bill (A1470). This groundbreaking legislation will extend core labor rights, from fair labor standards to paid sick days, to creating a framework for collective bargaining, to domestic workers. This will include those employed to work in a private home to perform housekeeping and/or to care for children, the infirm, or the elderly.
On March 1st, a new law in New York
goes into effect, strengthening the freedom of employees to form labor
unions at hotels or convention centers run or funded by state
authorities, a dramatic victory for hotel workers in the state. The law has specific language
requiring that hotels or convention centers where state public
authorities have a substantial proprietary interest include a "labor
peace agreement" with hotel unions in the state in exchange for the
unions agreeing not to strike for five years. The law follows a
similar executive order by the Governor approved last year.
In Confronting the Gloves-Off Economy: America's Broken Labor Standards and How to Fix Them,
researchers detail how growing numbers of employers are breaking,
bending, or evading long-established laws and standards designed to
protect workers, from the minimum wage to job safety rules to the right