Today I know we have the support of the largest union in the country. I believe we can pass our bill of rights. Yes we can! ¡Si se puede!
This bill does not create new rights, it extends the rights that almost all other workers have to domestic workers.
You do the most important work of all when you take care of the people most precious to us with such dignity.
I had to do everything from cooking, cleaning whole house, laundry that had to be pressed and folded, including sheets, gardening and caring for the dog. And I had to do this for the whole family, not just for the client I was taking care of. But how can you say no? I was living in their house. Plus, they said they’d call the police if I didn’t do as they asked. Then, when I was injured on the job, no one paid me for the days I had to take off to recover.
guarantee eight hours of sleep for those who work around the clock, and allow them to use kitchen facilities.
I couldn’t do anything without the crucial help of care givers,” she said. “They are crucial to the Independent Living Movement. Like disabled people domestic workers need respect and dignity. They deserve to finally be guaranteed the same rights as other workers.
And it’s important far beyond this state. It’s important to every worker who has ut in days that are too long to earn paychecks that are too small. It’s important to every worker who has suffered disrespect, to every worker who asks only for the basics of a decent life – fair wages, safe working conditions, the security to give hope to their children.
It’s time for that to end. It’s not right that domestic workers are excluded from collective bargaining laws. It’s time for that to end. Domestic workers’ rights are civil rights. Domestic workers’ rights are human rights.