Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights
After a year of organizing, we won the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in late 2019 with unanimous support from Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Kenney. The law goes into effect on May 1, 2020.
Following the example of nine states and one municipality (Seattle) that have passed Domestic Worker Bills of Rights, our member leaders worked hard to make domestic worker rights and respect a reality through this groundbreaking legislation. Philadelphia is now the second - and largest - municipality in the country to recognize the dignity and professionalism of nannies, house cleaners, and care givers by passing this critical legislation.
The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights 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, the first of its kind in the country
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
Public support and solidarity from other unions and community organizations was critical to winning the best working conditions for domestic workers. We are so appreciative of the below organizations for their endorsement and on-going support (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, Jewish Labor Committee, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), Philaposh, Philadelphia Carpenters Union Local 158, SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Local, 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