‘Care Forward’ aims to raise standards, enforce rights for domestic workers in Park Slope
Park Slope is aiming to be the first in the U.S. to provide a framework for protecting domestic workers' rights with a new community-based model.
Officials, parents, children and domestic care workers introduced Sunday a model called Care Forward - which seeks to raise industry standards and enforce rights for domestic workers. The move comes after Intro 339 was passed - which also provides protection for domestic workers against discrimination in the workplace.
It includes nannies, house cleaners and care takers of the elderly in their homes. The passing of Care Forward would provide a basic framework for how employers can work with their domestic workers through a three-pronged plan.
The plan includes a standards board to decide base wages and fair contracts, a training and outreach team to educate the community about standards and rights and transformative justice and mediation which provides a neutral party to meet with the employer and employee.
Using props, the group used crowd participation to show how the plan works. Kids broke through a large paper sign displaying barriers that stop caring within the work environment like sexism and racism.
Care Forward, if passed, would operate on a neighborhood level. If it gains momentum in Park Slope and Carrol Gardens, officials say it would be able to move to other neighborhoods and eventually the state and nation.