Hundreds of domestic workers are converging on Sacramento this morning, to push for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California. The Calif. Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week, which has already been approved by the Calif. Assembly.
Much like a law passed in New York state two years ago, the California bill would establish standards such as overtime pay and meal breaks for in-home workers. In-home workers are currently excluded from most labor protections. The Bill would also include worker's compensation coverage for domestic workers, and the ability to have eight hours of uninterrupted sleep under adequate conditions.
Andrea Cristina Mercado is one of the key organizers in the effort to gain labor protections for domestic workers. Mercardo is Political Director at Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a Latina immigrant women's organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She's also one of the co-founders of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Andrea Cristina Mercado is an activist for domestic worker rights, based in the Bay Area