By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
April 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES--Caregivers, nannies, and housekeepers gathered outside the State of California building to celebrate the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passage through the State Assembly's labor committee. The bill is now one step closer to becoming a law.
Last year Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar legislation. Assembly Bill 241, introduced earlier this year, would ensure that domestic workers get proper wages, overtime pay, rest, a problem many immigrant workers face.
"It's nice because we are going to work just like other federal workers, employees. They have the right to those 8 hours work, they also have the right to raises, and overtime pay," said Amelia Bernachea, a live-in caregiver who barely gets any rest.
Advocates for the bill said that while it doesn't carry any immigration related provisions, the bill would grant labor protections to undocumented workers who often find work as caregivers or maids. AB 241 now moves on to the State Assembly's appropriations committee, if it passes that committee, it then goes to a floor vote.