With Amy Jordan
Recently, several states including New York, Massachusetts, and California have passed Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, legislation. This legislation establishes clear standards, for defining the length of the work day, the right to sick, days and maternity leave as well as appropriate rest and, meal breaks. These recent victories bode well for future, organizing efforts, but also draw inspiration from, historical movements of domestic, laundry and hospital, workers. This course will explore the history of domestic, workers, the efforts of scholars to document their struggle, and the ongoing effort to make domestic work visible and, included within existing legal frameworks for providing, basic protections for workers. The last section of the, course will focus on current campaigns to expand domestic, and service worker rights and pay particular attention to, the impact of home health care worker campaigns on public, sector workers’ rights.