Resolution in Support of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, 4/21/12
Whereas, the domestic worker industry is riddled with abuse, mistreatment, and labor violations;
Whereas, domestic workers labor for family’s other than their own, including cleaning, shopping, cooking, caring for the sick and elderly, and caring for children;
Whereas, the mostly female and immigrant domestic workforce is particularly vulnerable due to the isolated nature of the industry, where women labor behind closed doors and out of the public eye;
Whereas, domestic workers are excluded from or discriminated against by most labor and employment laws, including the National Labor Relations Act which provides the right to organize to other private sector workers;
Whereas, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights seeks to eliminate discriminatory provisions in the labor code and grant domestic workers basic rights that other California workers gain through collective bargaining;
Whereas, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights provides a list of rights, including equal overtime pay, an equal right to worker’s compensation, and equal right to reporting time pay, the right to 8 hours uninterrupted sleep under adequate conditions; the right to meal and rest breaks; and the right to cook one’s own food;
Whereas, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights was initially brought to the legislature in 2006 and vetoed by then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a new version of the bill was introduced in 2011 and made it through the state assembly and halfway through the senate.
Whereas, the bill is currently stuck in the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be considered by the committee in August;
Be it resolved, that UAW 2865 endorses the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.
Be it further resolved, that UAW 2865 will organize support among UAW 2865 members for the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.
Be it further resolved, that UAW 2865 will take its lead from the major organizations working to pass the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights