Join the Children’s March for Domestic Workers’ Rights

By Charlotte Noss, Legal-Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Children from across California are converging on Sacramento on January 24, 2012 to show their support for the rights of domestic workers. The children will be joining their parents – some of whom are domestic workers and some of whom employ domestic workers, often as primary caregivers, in their homes. Together with community leaders who are part of the California Domestic Workers Coalition, these children will be promoting the passage of AB 889, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Domestic workers take care of our most beloved – our elderly relatives, our children and our family members with disabilities – yet they are excluded from basic employment rights. Caregivers who work in private homes in California do not have the right to earn overtime premium pay, nor to take breaks to eat or rest. The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will change that, extending these basic labor rights to all domestic workers.

Domestic workers in California are not alone in their organizing efforts.

– In June, spurred on by activism from domestic workers around the world, the United Nations adopted a Convention on domestic workers that established global labor standards for an estimated 100 million domestic workers internationally.

– In December 2011, the federal government proposed to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to many of the 2.5 million home care aides in the country. President Obama highlighted the important role that domestic workers play in our lives and our economy in supporting these changes.

– Domestic workers in New York passed a historic Bill of Rights in 2010 that guarantees basic work standards and protections for the nannies, caregivers, and housekeepers who make all other work possible in the Empire State.

Kick off the New Year with the Children’s March calling for the passage of AB 889 – the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights! Join children, parents, domestic workers and employers as well as allies in the faith, student and labor community at 10:00 am on January 24, 2012 on the West Side Steps of the State Capitol Building (10th St. between N St. and L St.) in Sacramento.

Charlotte is a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, where she advocates for the employment rights of low-wage immigrant workers, and supports community-based campaigns such as the California Domestic Workers Coalition, and the San Francisco Progressive Workers Alliance.






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