Live in Seattle? Sign the petition today to support paid time off for Domestic Workers.
On April 6th, 2021 the Domestic Workers Standards Board sent a series of recommendations to Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle City Council relating to outreach, enforcement and additional policy recommendations for the Seattle Domestic Worker Ordinance. Hand in Hand, as part of the Seattle Seattle Domestic Worker Coalition, is supporting these worker-led efforts and is part of the campaign to advocate for paid time off for domestic workers. All workers need access to benefits such as sick time, and paid time off. Although domestic workers in the city of Seattle qualify for paid sick and safe time, the majority do not receive it.
Seattle has the chance to correct these systemic inequities and strengthen protections for domestic workers through the creation of a portable benefits program. With a portable system, benefits do not depend on any particular hiring entity, and multiple hiring entities can each contribute their fair share of benefits. Domestic workers can earn and keep their paid time off benefits as they move between jobs. This will allow domestic workers to accrue paid time off that reflects the number of hours in total they work, rather than the number of hours they may work for a particular employer.