Justice for Domestic Workers

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Since 2003, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice has been organizing employers of domestic workers and other allies in the New York Jewish community in solidarity with Domestic Workers United (DWU).  In 2010, DWU and JFREJ won an enormous victory—the first ever Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in the country! It was a tremendous win not just for domestic workers but for women, immigrants, people of color, low-wage workers, the Jewish community, and many more. The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights victory is reverberating nationally and internationally, paving a road for dignity and recognition for all excluded workers. JFREJ’s work organizing synagogues, rabbis, Jewish legislators, employers, and Jewish community organizations was instrumental in this landmark victory. We showed Albany that employers can be on the side of justice and that when employers join domestic workers in the struggle, we are unstoppable!

Since the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the Shalom Bayit Campaign has worked to:

  • Raise awareness about the new legislation among domestic employers while also encouraging them to go beyond what the bill stipulates.
  • Educate and empower members of Jewish communities to speak out and educate others about Jewish values and domestic labor.
  • Build coalition with elders and people with disabilities who depend on support in their homes as part of the Caring Across Generations Campaign.
  • Launch neighborhood-based dialogues between employers and workers to promote mutual respect and understanding and to explore what collective bargaining could look like in the industry.

Find out more about the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and get involved with our ongoing work to implement this new law and win respect, recognition, and justice for the 200,000 domestic workers in the NYC Metropolitan area. Rachel [at] jfrej [dot] org?subject=I%20want%20to%20get%20involved%20with%20Shalom%20Bayit!">Get Involved!


The Employers for Justice Network is a group of present and former employers of part-time and full-time nannies, housekeepers, and direct care-givers, who have made concrete improvements in their employment practices and taken action in support of domestic workers’ rights. This network is also a resource for employers in an industry where there is often little guidance or discussion around ethical employment practices. Employers support each other in the process of improving their practices by answering questions, talking about their struggles as employers, and getting guidance on how to pay taxes, provide health insurance, and fulfill other employer obligations. In 2010, leaders of the New York Employers for Justice Network went on to found Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Association, a national organization invested in supporting domestic employers to build positive working relationships with the domestic workers who they employ and improving the living and working conditions of domestic workers across the industry, through recognition and protection.

To join our Employers for Justice Network, e-mail Rachel [at] jfrej [dot] org?subject=I%20want%20to%20join%20the%20Employers%20for%20Justice%20Network!">Rachel [at] jfrej [dot] org.

For more information on ethical employment practices: www.domesticemployers.org/employers/