#BeTheHelp: Support Domestic Workers


Why This Is Important

By http://www.change.org/groups/national_domestic_workers_alliance

“We are four generations of domestic workers from my great- grandmother to me. If you count our labor years consecutively, it is almost 75 years in the profession, almost the same amount of years that domestic workers in this country have been excluded from basic labor protections, ” says CA domestic worker, Grecia Lima.

Last month in Sacramento, the California Domestic Workers Coalition, representing thousands of childcare providers, caregivers and housekeepers from around the state, along with labor and community supporters, gathered to advocate for the passage of AB 889, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This bill will provide equal pay for equal work for thousands of Californians who have been excluded from basic labor protections for decades.

Support for the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights is important because of children like Maria, a 14 year old girl eldest of 4, whose mom is a domestic worker. Maria’s mom comes home with back pain, neck pain and hungry. Her employer does not like to see her sit down, and she doesn’t have time to eat during her 10 hour shift. Maria’s mother is never paid overtime, even when she is asked to spend the night. Maria’s mom doesn’t want to leave this job because she cares about the children she is taking care of. But her knees are getting worse and she doesn’t know what she will do when she can no longer stand the pain.

“I know that the sacrifices that my mom makes are 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 worker is just as vulnerable. Domestic Workers have been excluded from basic labor protections from more than 70 years and it is time for California to lead the way.

#BeTheHelp we need and tell the leadership of the Senate to commemorate International Domestic Worker’s Day March 30th, 2012 by passing the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. State by state, we can change the course of history.

#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.

EXAMPLE LETTER

End the Exclusion of Domestic Workers from California’s Labor Laws

Dear CA State Senators,

#BeTheHelp we need — Pass the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB889)

Last month in Sacramento, the California Domestic Workers Coalition, representing thousands of childcare providers, caregivers and housekeepers from around the state, along with labor and community supporters, gathered to advocate for the passage of AB 889, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This bill will provide equal pay for equal work for thousands of Californians who have been excluded from basic labor protections for decades.

I support the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights because of children like Maria, a 14 year old girl eldest of 4, whose mom is a domestic worker. Maria’s mom comes home with back pain, neck pain and hungry. Her employer does not like to see her sit down, and she doesn’t have time to eat during her 10 hour shift. Maria’s mother is never paid overtime, even when she is asked to spend the night. Maria’s mom doesn’t want to leave this job because she cares about the children she is taking care of. But her knees are getting worse and she doesn’t know what she will do when she can no longer stand the pain.

“I know that the sacrifices that my mom makes are 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 worker is just as vulnerable. Domestic Workers have been excluded from basic labor protections from more than 70 years and it is time for California to lead the way.

Remember to commemorate International Domestic Worker’s Day March 30th, 2012.

#BeTheHelp we need.

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Sincerely,

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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1 Response to #BeTheHelp: Support Domestic Workers

  1. jason h says:

    I don’t think this idea is very well thought out.

    In my view, this law is a very bad idea built on the notion of entitlements for everyone which ends up with in a Greece-like economy of massive corruption, debt and depression.

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