• Petitioned California State Senate

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#BeTheHelp: Support Domestic Workers

    1. Petition by

      National Domestic Workers Alliance

Can you imagine working 24 hours straight without a lunch break?  

"We are four generations of domestic workers from my great- grandmother to me. If you count our labor consecutively, we have almost 75 years in the profession, almost as many years as domestic workers in this country have been excluded from basic labor protections, " CA domestic worker, Grecia Lima.  

74 years ago, American workers won the right to minimum wage, overtime pay, and at least one day of rest each week.  But domestic workers were excluded from these basic protections because back then, the black women who cleaned, cooked, and cared for children were considered second class citizens.  

Our country has come a long way since 1938, but our labor laws haven't kept up.   

For 74 years, domestic workers have been denied the basic labor rights that so many American workers take for granted.  It's time to end this shameful legacy and bring our nation's labor laws into the twenty-first century!  

14 year old Maria is the eldest of four children  Her mom is a domestic worker. Her employer does not like to see her sit down, and she doesn’t have time to eat during her 10 hour shift.  So Maria's mom comes home hungry, with back and neck pain.  Maria’s mother is never paid overtime, even when she is asked to spend the night. 

Maria’s mom doesn’t want to leave her job because she cares about the children she is taking care of.  But her knees are getting worse from standing 10 hours a day and she doesn’t know what she will do when she can no longer stand the pain. 

Maria explains, “I know that the sacrifices that my mom makes to give us a better life, to make sure that we do well in school and we have everything we need, but I feel a great sadness when I see my mom come back from work so tired and unappreciated.”

Maria’s mom story is not every domestic worker’s story, but every domestic worker is just as vulnerable as she is.  Without laws to provide guidelines for the relationship between employers and employees, all domestic workers are vulnerable to abuse.  

The barista making coffee at Starbucks gets overtime pay, but the workers that care for California's elderly, children, and homes do not.  This must change.  Domestic Workers have been excluded from basic labor protections from more than 70 years.  It is time for California to lead the way.

#BeTheHelp we need to bring California's labor laws into the twenty-first century!  

#BeTheHelp is a campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance that encourages people like you to take simple actions that create respect, recognition and protections for domestic workers in California and across America. For more ways you can #bethehelp, visit www.domesticworkers.org.

To see California's domestic workers tell their stories in their own words, watch this short film .

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. Update from National Domestic Workers Alliance

      Governor Brown vetoed the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on Sunday. His decision is not the one we wanted, but it does not shake our commitment to winning in California or building a national movement. Even in the face of setbacks like this one, our movement for dignity, respect, and labor protections for domestic workers grows stronger. We know that our work to make the world a more just place for domestic workers — and for all of us — is the work of a lifetime. And one Governor’s poor decision will not derail us...

      Over the past several years, as we have organized to win dignity, respect, and labor protections for domestic workers in California, your emails, calls and social media posts have moved us forward on our long journey towards justice for domestic workers.

      As Dr. King reminds, our journey towards justice is a long one. Even as we regroup in California, we are organizing in states across the nation to win dignity, respect, and labor protections for domestic work

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Leslie Johnson MERRILL, WI
      • 3 months ago

      This same thing is happening in Wisconsin to the farm workers. Most of the workers are from Mexico, work 80 hours per week, NO OVERTIME, and only collect $10 per hour (80-hour week? I'm tired working 40 hours a week at three times that pay.

    • Charlene Leak ATLANTA, GA
      • 3 months ago

      I am a domestic worker.

    • Trung Nguyen AUSTIN, TX
      • 5 months ago

      Please give these domestic workers protection ...

      • 6 months ago

      I support

    • Naya Klaus ST. LOUIS, MO
      • 6 months ago

      Domestic workers provide us with the security of knowing that our loved ones are safe and secure. It is truly tragic that our government and our laws cannot provide us with a similar security: the security that these workers--our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, neighbors, friends--will not even be afforded basic legal protection, are not even considered human beings under the law. Because every worker, no matter their job, deserves basic legal protection, and the fact that our laws and government cannot even provide them with that is shameful.


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