Ahead of Labor Day, Durkan Outlines Vision to Defend and Expand Rights of Workers in the New Economy

Ahead of Labor Day, Durkan Outlines Vision to Defend and Expand Rights of Workers in the New Economy

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Durkan Calls for Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Seattle — Ahead of Labor Day, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced her priorities to defend and expand the rights of workers as well as create a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights as mayor. Throughout her campaign, Durkan has outlined her plans to grow family wage jobs and build strong protections for workers, which is why she’s garnered the support of working families across Seattle.

In addition to outlining Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and protections for gig economy workers, Durkan outlined her priorities to: be a good bargaining partner with the unions representing the city’s 10,000 employees; fully-fund the Office of Labor Standards and community outreach and education programs to workers and employers to ensure our labor standards are being followed; enforce the prevailing wage; and protect the rights of workers to organize. You can read more about Jenny’s plan to bring business and labor together to protect workers in the new economy here.

“As we tackle Seattle’s affordability crisis, we must work together to cultivate and protect jobs with robust worker protections and living wages so people can afford to live where they work. As mayor, I will undertake key initiatives to help protect and build worker bargaining power — this includes a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that guarantees domestic workers overtime pay, breaks, tax withholding, and rest periods, and also requires that they be notified of their rights in the language that they speak. Our plan will protect workers and help families succeed in our growing economy,”said Jenny Durkan.

“For too long, domestic workers and other so-called gig economy workers haven’t enjoyed the protection of Federal labor laws.  Jenny shares our view that Seattle can be a leader and innovator to make sure all Seattle workers are not left behind in our economy,”said David Rolf, President of SEIU 775.  “Through a Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, Jenny will bring people together across the city to build new forms of worker voice and worker power for these previously excluded and exploited workers.”

In addition to receiving the support of SEIU 775, Durkan has the endorsements of working families including: M. L. King County Labor Council, ILWU Local 19, ILWU Local 52, Professional & Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17, Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council, Seattle Fire Fighters Local 27, the Heat and Frost Insulators and Firestop Containment Workers Local 7, UA Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Laborers 242, Ironworkers Local 86, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Teamsters Joint Council No. 28, and the Washington State Council of County and City Employees.

Jenny Durkan’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights can be read here.

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For Immediate Release, August 31, 2017

Contact: press@jennyforseattle.com