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Photos courtesy of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Cover photo by Othello Banaci. 

Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

Expanding labor protections and raising workplace standards for domestic workers is a core component of our ​organizing. Following the example of nine states and one municipality (Seattle) that have passed Domestic Worker Bills of Rights, PDWA member leaders are hard at work to make domestic worker rights and respect a reality through winning a Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. When passed, Philadelphia will be the second - and largest - municipality to recognize the dignity and professionalism of nannies, house cleaners, and care givers by passing this critical legislation.

We are organizing for a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights that includes: 

  • Rest breaks and meal periods

  • Freedom from discrimination and sexual harassment

  • Written agreements to specify job duties, hours of work, pay, termination notices

  • Employer contributing paid time off through a portable benefits platform 

  • Retaliation prohibited when workers exercise their rights, including protections for immigration status

  • Domestic Workers Task Force in City Hall that includes domestic workers to ensure enforcement

The Bill of Rights was introduced into Philadelphia City Council on June 20, 2019 Public support and solidarity by our prime sponsor Councilmember Quinones Sanchez with co-sponsors Councilmembers Gym, Greenlee, Reynolds Brown, Bass, Parker, Blackwell, and Squilla. 

Public support and solidarity from other unions and community organizations is critical to winning the best working conditions for domestic workers. We are so appreciative of the below organizations for their endorsement (and your institution can sign on today too!): 


Organized Labor: AFT Local 2026 - Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia, A. Philip Randolph Institute - Philadelphia Chapter, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), Communications Workers of America,  Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), Philaposh, Philadelphia Carpenters Union Local 158, SEIU Healthcare PA Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP), Taxi Workers Alliance of PA, UNITE HERE Local 274, United Home Care Workers of Pennsylvania


Community & Advocacy Organizations: 350 Philadelphia, African Family Health Organization (AFAHO), Alliance for a Just Philadelphia, Asian Americans United, Aquinas Center, Black Clergy of Philadelphia, Caucus of Working Educators, Coalition of African Communities,  Freedom United, Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Network, Jewish Voice for Peace,  Media Inequality Chance (MIC) Center, Media Mobilizing Project, National Domestic Workers Alliance, 215 People's Alliance, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, One PA, Pathways PA, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, Pennsylvania Working Families Party, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Philadelphia Commission for Women, Philadelphia Jobs With Justice, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Philadelphia Tenants Union,  Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America, Philly Socialists, Planned Parenthood PA Advocates, Reclaim Philadelphia, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Pennsylvania,  Vietlead, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Women's Community Revitalization Project, Women's Medical Fund, Youth United for Change


Legal Organizations: ACLU of Pennsylvania, Community Legal Services, Health, Education and Legal assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership (HELP:MLP), HIAS Pennsylvania, Justice at Work