Target: Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie
Goal: Praise Hawaii’s new bill that protects domestic workers
Hawaii recently passed a bill that will protect labor rights of domestic workers in the state. The new legislation will provide basic labor rights to domestic workers in Hawaii, with protections applying to not only housekeepers, but also cooks, butlers, and waiters. Under the new legislation, workers will receive at least minimum wage for their time, a very important provision as the National Domestic Workers Alliance states that almost a third of caregivers are paid less than minimum wage, and 40 percent work over 40 hours a week but don’t receive overtime benefits.
The new legislation also makes discrimination against domestic workers based on gender, race, or sexual orientation illegal. This is particularly important because according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance almost half of domestic workers were born in another country, and therefore often face discrimination based on race or ethnicity.
Hawaii is only the second state in the United States to approve of a bill setting up basic labor rights and protections for domestic workers, along with New York. The approval of the bill in Hawaii is an important step forward in creating more positive change in terms of protecting the rights of domestic workers, as currently four other states are in process of reviewing similar laws.
By signing the petition below you will be praising Hawaii for passing this bill protecting basic labor and human rights of domestic workers.
Dear Governor Neil Abercrombie,
The protection of basic labor rights for all individuals is extremely important. Domestic workers have historically been overlooked in terms of legal labor protections, as evidenced by the lack of legislation specifically providing protection to individuals who engage in domestic work. The decision of both the House and Senate of Hawaii to pass the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights is both commendable and an exciting step forward for human rights in the United States.
I am writing you to ask you to praise you for your dedication to protecting the rights of domestic workers in Hawaii. With California, Texas, Oregon, and Massachusetts seeking similar legislation, it is likely that Hawaii’s decision in favor of human rights will influence future decisions of other states, and hopefully eventually all states will choose to protect the basic labor rights of domestic workers. This is an important step forward for recognition of domestic workers, and I commend it.
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