New York Times Endorses CA Bill of Rights
8.10.2012 | New York Times
Today, the New York Times endorsed the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights on its editorial page!
The most prominent paper in the nation recognized the experiences and work of domestic workers today:
The California Legislature is considering a bill to extend basic labor rights to domestic workers: the nannies, cooks, baby sitters and other caregivers whose labor allows households to function smoothly, thus contributing to the larger economy. Domestic workers toil long hours for low pay, but have long been excluded from many of the fundamental protections most other workers enjoy under federal labor law. (Read the whole editorial)
The editorial goes on to explain the importance of this bill, not just for domestic workers in California, but for all workers throughout the country.
Efforts to protect other excluded employees, like home care workers and farm workers, have failed in the courts and stalled in Congress.
We hope California and other states will be willing to do what the federal government has not — which is to set basic standards to guarantee domestic workers decent working conditions and pay.