Tell California to Pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!
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Tell California to Pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!

    1. Brittany Shoot
    2. Petition by

      Brittany Shoot

      Boston, MA

Domestic workers, who are usually women, immigrants, or trafficking victims, find themselves vulnerable to labor exploitation because they are not protected by the National Labor Relations Act or the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Domestic workers tend be paid minimum wage and are not granted overtime, sick days, paid vacation, protection from discrimination, the right to organize, or other standard labor protections. They are not guaranteed advance notice of termination or the right to annual cost of living pay increases.

The New York State senate recently passed the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which ensures many more protections for the workers who care for so many of our loved ones including children and the elderly. On the heels of this victory, California also has the opportunity to level the playing field by enacting a similarly comprehensive bill of rights which seeks to eliminate discriminatory provisions in the labor code and grant domestic workers basic rights that other California workers gain through collective bargaining.

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    • Sharon Fuentes PORTLAND, CT
      • about 3 years ago
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    • Julie Unruh LAWRENCE, KS
      • over 3 years ago

      Take a stand for all people, no matter if they are women, immigrants, or trafficking victims.

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    • Debra McCawley-O'Brien FORT WORTH, UNITED STATES
      • over 3 years ago

      I was a California resident for 54 years and was never aware that they don't have these basic protections. It's well past time to change this!

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    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is an example of how people want convenience. We need well-written laws to ensure fair and equal respectful treatment of worker and employer.

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    • Marla Dahl ASHLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      If these domestic workers are US citizens, they should accumulate vacation and sick leave. We all need a break from the stress of working all the time. The immigrants, with green cards, should get the same treatment. They work hard. We should show them we appreciate all they do. I do not think illegals should get this benefit however. There has to be some incentive to become a legal citizen. This could be used as an incentive to become legal.

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