Governor Vetoes Historic Domestic Worker Bill

Posted by on October 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2012

Sacramento – The Governor vetoed landmark Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, AB 889 (Tom Ammiano).

The second measure of its kind in the country, AB 889 would have finally ended the 74 year exclusion of domestic workers from basic labor protections by extending rights such as overtime pay and meal and rest breaks to the childcare providers, housecleaners, and caregivers who care for California’s families and homes.

“It is a huge disappointment that Governor Brown chose not to recognize the people caring for California’s families and homes as real workers,” said Sylvia Lopez a worker with the California Domestic Workers Coalition, sponsor of the bill. “For decades we have tirelessly cared for California’s homes, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities without the protection of basic rights. Tonight, Governor Brown has done a tremendous disservice to thousands of domestic workers, their families, and the people they care for.”

Sponsored by the California Domestic Worker Coalition, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights garnered broad support from over 100 labor, women’s, faith and community groups including National Domestic Worker Alliance, NAACP, and AFL-CIO and received prominent endorsements from Dolores Huerta, The New York Times, and “Parks and Rec” celebrity Amy Poehler.  Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez was joint author for the bill.

“Governor Brown missed an opportunity to prove himself as a leader in civil rights by ensuring that the people caring for California’s children, people with disabilities and the elderly no longer have to go without proper sleep or meals,” Ammiano said. “His veto sets back labor rights in California supported by hundreds of thousands of California’s Latinos, domestic workers, and community leaders.  As long as these exclusions continue, so will our pursuit for justice.”

“Here in San Francisco our local coalition of labor and community is actually legislating and implementing labor standards.  So next year we will be even more motivated to get the Bill of Rights passed and signed,” added Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

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