Pinoy advocates gear up to fight for more workers rights

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 27, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Over a hundred Filipino workers gathered in Los Angeles, ready to fight for more rights, especially for caregivers.

The Association of Filipino Workers held their general assembly over the weekend. Many of them were domestic workers from throughout Southern California, including a few undocumented workers as well as human trafficking victims.

Recently, domestic workers have gained legislative victories throughout the country, when it comes to better working conditions and wages, despite immigration status.

They are now trying to organize ways to enforce new laws, especially since some laws are going through initial trials.

“We have to enforce it, because it will sunset in 2017,” said Lolit Lledo, member of the Association of Filipino Workers, “so we need to prove that it can be enforced, overtime pay for caregivers, nannies, which is after nine hours, you need to be paid time and a half.”

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