After helping pass the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York in 2010, we turned our sites on California. The New York law, the only one in the nation to date, ensures that hundreds of thousands of domestic workers have basic labor protections, such as the right to overtime and rest breaks.
Throughout the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions we succeeded in helping gain passage of the California Domestic Workers Bill by both houses of the state legislature, only to have Governor Jerry Brown veto the bill at the last possible moment, on September 30.
Despite this setback, Bend the Arc will continue to do whatever it takes to see that the concerns of caregivers, nannies and housekeepers who work in homes across California are addressed in the halls of power in Sacramento. We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with these workers in the long tradition of Jews organizing for labor rights. We are more committed than ever to seeing this bill become law, and this historic wrong made right.
Bend the Arc was part of a broad coalition working to pass this bill through the California Legislature. This victory continues our proud tradition of working across lines of race and faith to create greater opportunity and economic justice for all Americans.