Demand Labor Rights for Domestic Workers

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Target: California State Senate

Goal: Give domestic workers basic protections under U.S. labor laws

Throughout the 1930s, labor movement activists won key labor protections for American workers. However, domestic workers were never included in these labor laws. Many domestic workers have to work more than 10 hours a day without receiving breaks or overtime pay. All workers should be protected under U.S. labor laws. Tell the California State Senate to give domestic workers basic labor protections by passing the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

There are approximately 200,000 domestic workers throughout California. Domestic workers are primarily immigrant women who work in private households in order to provide for their own families. As housekeepers and caregivers, domestic workers are essential to the well-being of many California families and the economy. However, they are excluded from labor protections that many California workers take for granted.

The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, or AB 889, would provide domestic workers with basic rights including overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, paid sick and vacation days, and the right to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Sponsored by Assembly members V. Manuel Perez and Tom Ammiano, the bill has passed the California Assembly and is currently in the Suspense File of Senate Appropriations Committee. Before it can reach the Governor’s desk and be signed into law, the bill needs to pass the Senate. Urge the Senate to support the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights by signing the petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California State Senators,

There are approximately 200,000 domestic workers in California. Although these workers provide essential services to many California families, they are not included in California labor laws. Please support the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB889) and provide labor protections to all Californians.

Domestic workers are primarily immigrant women who work in private households. As a result, these workers are often exploited and underpaid. Many domestic workers have to work more than 10 hours a day without receiving breaks or overtime pay. As housekeepers and caregivers, domestic workers are essential to the well-being of many California families and the economy. However, they are excluded from labor protections that many California workers take for granted.

The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, or AB 889, would provide domestic workers with basic rights including overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, paid sick and vacation days, and the right to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. These labor protections should be provided to all California workers. Please give domestic workers basic labor rights by supporting AB 889.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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37 Signatures

  • Marianne Oelman
  • Hermann Kastner
  • Eric von Borstel
  • Mal Gaff
  • Terrie Phenicie
  • Holly Hall
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