California Bill of Rights
The California Bill of Rights (AB 241) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 26, 2013, and went into effect on January 1, 2014. AB241 extends overtime protections to personal attendants who care for and support thousands of individuals and families in California. This legislative victory will improve working conditions for these workers and will in turn improve the quality of care that Californians receive.
This week, as a part of the Dignity in Action Campaign and to celebrate International Domestic Workers Day, the California Domestic Workers Coalition is launching a Domestic Worker Organizing Drive, with the goal of organizing 10% of all California domestic workers by 2017. The drive will kick off with three weeks of intensive community outreach, hoping to connect and educate domestic workers throughout the state.
Below are several ways that you can get involved with the Dignity in Action Campaign:
- Donate- Any donation would be greatly appreciated, and used to help us further our efforts in creating dignity in the home! Click here if you can chip in and help support the Coalition.
- Sign the Fair Care Pledge- If you are an employer, or if you know an employer who might be interested, take a look at the Fair Care Pledge! This pledge states that as an employer, one will be respectful and fair to all employees. Click here to sign.
- Sign up for the Domestic Workers App.- Sign up for this text app, to make sure you are getting all the updates and notifications on what’s going on with domestic workers in California. All you need to do is send a text to 347-WORK-500, and you’re signed up!
- Social Media- Be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds to stay up to date with our organizing efforts!
This victory was the culmination of a four year campaign where domestic workers, employers, and allies traveled to Sacramento countless times to tell the stories of domestic workers who were too often working around the clock for low wages. Together we won dignity, respect, and basic protections for California Domestic Workers. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2014, but it will sunset (expire) in 3 years on January 1, 2017, at which time it can be renewed into law. Now we will work to educate the public and ensure that these rights are respected and keep organizing to defend the workers that make all other work possible.
Read more about the specific provisions of the law here:
CA Domestic Workers Coalition, Steering Committee Members
California Domestic Workers Coalition
Contact: Katie Joaquin, Campaign Coordinator, email@example.com, (510) 261 3398
Filipino Advocates for Justice (Oakland)
Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (Los Angeles)
Mujeres Unidas y Activas (Oakland and San Francisco)
Pilipino Workers Center (Los Angeles)
Women’s Collective of Dolores Street Community Services (San Francisco)