The California Legislature and Governor Brown have the opportunity to make history by passing and signing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 241). This bill would begin to correct a decades-long injustice faced by hundreds of thousands of caregivers, childcare providers and housekeepers in California.
One of the great injustices of our nation’s labor laws is that they stop short of protecting the workers who are closest to us—domestic workers who care for our homes, children and family members.
The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act excluded domestic workers from the most basic labor protections like rest and meal breaks and overtime. In 1976, California began providing these rights to some domestic workers who care for property, but the workers who care for people continue to be left out.
The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights includes these basic protections, as well as eight hours of uninterrupted sleep (for live-in domestic workers) and access to kitchen facilities.
Today, on August 27, women and women’s organizations from all over the state are calling on our elected officials to recognize and respect work that is often dismissed as “women’s work.” Domestic worker’s work is as real as any other work, and as women and as employers, we stand firmly alongside domestic workers who are seeking basic labor rights.
Help us build momentum and show your support for domestic workers! Call your senator or Governor Brown today. It will take just a minute.
Please see all instructions below:
Script for Women (NON employers)
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [YOUR CITY]. As a woman from [organization/affiliation], I believe that all women’s work needs to be respected in this state. Many of the domestic workers who care for California’s families are mothers and grandmothers who work hard to support their own families—and they do so without many labor protections. They are real workers and should be protected as such. As a Californian, and as a woman, I urge the Governor to stand on the side of fairness and do the right thing by working with the Domestic Workers Coalition to sign AB 241.
Script for Employers for Domestic Workers
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [YOUR CITY]. As an employer of domestic workers from [organization/affiliation], I know that domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible in this state. AB 241 sets fair standards for workers to provide quality care consistently and sustainably. Not only is this bill possible, but it’s necessary to ensure excellent care for our families. As a Californian, and as an employer of domestic workers, I urge the Governor to stand on the side of fairness and do the right thing by working with the Domestic Workers Coalition to sign AB 241.
FIND YOUR SENATOR:
Senator R. Calderon: (916) 651-4030
Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, East La Mirada, Huntington Park, La Mirada,Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, and South El Monte. The district also includes parts of East Los Angeles, Los Angeles and South Gate, and the communities of Florence-Graham and Hacienda Heights.
Senator Correa: (916) 651-4034
Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.
Senator Hueso: (916) 651-4040
portions of San Diego and Riverside Counties and all of Imperial County.
Senator Ted Lieu: (916) 651-4028
part of Los Angeles, main cities are Beverly Hills, Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach (part), Lonita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Torrance, West Hollywood
Senator Carol Liu: (916) 651-4025
part of Los Angeles, part of San Bernadino, Altadena, Arcadia, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena, San Dimas, San Marino, South Pasadena, Upland
Senator Roth: (916) 651-4031
Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley, Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Riverside, and Perris.
Senator Wright: (916) 651-4035
includes the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, West Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, West Carson, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington.
Senator DeSaulnier: (916) 651-4007
Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pittsburg, Pleasnton, San Ramon, Walnut Creek
Senator Galgiani: (916) 651-4005
Stockton, Escalon, Galt, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Modesto, Ripon, Tracy
Senator Hill: (916) 651-4013
Moutain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Mateo, Santa Clara, South San Francisco
Senator Wolk: (916) 651-4003
the cities of Martinez and Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County; American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, and St. Helena in Napa County; Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, and Vallejo, in Solano County; Davis, Winters, and Woodland in Yolo County; as well as Isleton in Sacramento County.
If you do not live in any of the above cities, please call the Governor at 916-445-2841.
For more information go to www.cadomesticworkers.org