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Household Worker Bill Serves California Right

On Friday, California Assembly-members Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) introduced California’s first Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB889) aimed at ensuring the protection of labor rights for nannies, household workers, and other workers in an otherwise silent and unregulated industry. The following is a statement by Angelica Salas, Executive Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), a regional civil rights organizations based in Los Angeles.  “We applaud Assembly members Ammiano and Pérez for introducing the historical AB889 which will finally give voice and rights to the thousands upon thousands of silent yet committed household workers in California.

It is a wide-known fact that American families, especially our oldest and youngest family members, have come to depend on the care, loyalty, and quality of service nannies, household workers, and others can provide. Domestic workers, as they are known, are as much a conspicuous part of our private and intimate lives as well as silent laborers within an industry that often negates their value and worth. Their plight as workers laboring behind closed doors, away from public scrutiny, has been for too long stashed in the darkest of basements. (click on link to read full story)

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