Founded in 2000, Domestic Workers United [DWU] is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all. DWU is a proud founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. DWU and its partners brought their power to bear in 2010 when the nation's first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was passed in New York.

August 24, 2010

The signing of the bill

Dear friends,

It is with great pleasure that we write to let you know that the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,
S.2311-E (Savino)/A.1470-B (Wright), was finally delivered to Governor Paterson late last week. He has 10 days to act upon it.

As for the ceremony with Governor Paterson and the New York State legislature to commemorate this historic event, please be on the lookout for news sometime in September.

We thank each and every one of you for all you have done to push for this long-overdue legislation. When Governor Paterson signs the bill into law, it will be the first of its kind in the history of the United States. It will be a significant step forward in recognizing domestic workers as real workers and bringing dignity to the legacy of all the domestic workers who came before.

With love and respect,

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