1. LEGISLATIVE CHARGE
On August 31, 2010, Governor David A. Paterson signed A. 1470B (Wright)/ S. 2311-E (Savino), a law extending labor protections to domestic workers. This law, also known as the «Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights,» goes into effect on November 29, 2010.
Section 10 of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights law requires the Commissioner of Labor to report to the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Temporary President of the Senate on the feasibility and practicality of allowing domestic workers to organize for the purposes of collective bargaining. The law provides that the report address:
- the feasibility of an employee organization formed in accordance with the State Labor Relations Act;
- how bargaining units for such organizations could be formed;
- whether there are any unique issues which arise in this context; and
- whether there are other possible frameworks for collective organization or for ensuring the benefits that accompany organization for domestic workers.