I am a nanny. I have been a nanny for six years. I don't have any formal nanny education as I studied to be a journalist for three years. I have worked for good families and not so good families. The good families, as luck would have it- have ended up moving on me (twice) and one mother decided to stay home after she had her second. This sent me spiraling into the arms of a not so good family. There, I had to start over to build respect with my employer and set boundaries. It was tough. Nannies, I ask you-why can't we unionize? Jessika Auerbach wrote in USA Today, "Without these women, many of whom are mothers themselves, it's fair to say America's economy could grind to a halt. In the absence of a nanny union to call a strike, however, there is little chance that their power will ever be fully recognized". Jews United for Justice is working to pass a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in Montgomery County, Maryland. In NY State, 55 immigrant groups, labor unions and other organizations are trying to change that by pushing for legislation that would require a minimum wage of $14 an hour for the state’s domestic workers.
I am not an immigrant. I am an educated professional. I want to unionize with other like professionals. Anyone else with me on this? I think the below should be standards. What else?
- The nanny will be paid 52 weeks per year.
- The nanny will have (a minimum of) two weeks vacation at her choosing
- The nanny will have (a minimum of) the following days off, New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas eve and Christmas Day.
- The nanny will have (a minimum of) 5 sick/personal days.
- The nanny will receive (a minimum of) time and half for all hours over 40 per week.
- If a day is given off, the nanny will at no time be requested to make the time off at any other time.
- The nanny will be told when there are nanny cameras, closed circuit cameras or other recording devices in use in the home.
- The employer will sign a non disclosure agreement barring her from discussing any personal things the employers may have learned about the nanny during the course of interview and employment.
- The nanny will at no time be required to use her own vehicle to transport the employer's children.
- The nanny will at no time be required to watch the children of any other person, including relatives and friends without extra pay.
- The nanny is not a housekeeper and should not be expected to perform the tasks of the housekeeper at any time.
- The nanny is not a dog walker and should not at any time be required to walk the dog, feed the dog or clean up after the dog. (Or Cat).
- In the event that the family goes on vacation and takes the children with them, the nanny is off. Yes, even if this means the nanny is getting bonus vacation time. The employer may not require the nanny to house sit or pet sit.
- The nanny will be provided health insurance, the expense of which should be paid, at least 75% by employer.
- The nanny will be provided a safe vehicle to transport the children in.
- The nanny will be provided three weeks notice in the event the employer wishes to terminate the nanny services. At which time, the employer will provide the nanny with an accurate letter of reference.
- The nanny will at all times be referred to as either "Mary" or "Ms. Jones", and at no time will be called "Nanny" or "Nanny Mary".
- The nanny will receive an increase of (a minum of) 40% her current salary for each additional child born.