Los Angeles, California. With the event “Speak Out for the Rights of Domestic Workers” on 1st April, 2012, the organizers congregated not only domestic workers but also religious leaders, communitarians and activists, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) informed..
“Whole Families, but especially adults, children and patients benefit from the aid of workers who do not enjoy legal protection”, Angelica Salas affirmed, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), one of the organizations which participated in the event.
At the moment the domestic workers in California do not count on a law which protects their rights as employees, so that they are looking for endorsement to approve their project: “Right of the Domestic Workers” or initiative AB 889, which was presented in February 2011 by the democratic assemblymen Tom Ammiano and Manuel Perez, and which is in analysis in the Californian Senate.
The project looks for mutual agreements between workers and employers, in a right labor relation, because domestic workers, in their majority legal and undocumented Latin Americans, are not supported by any labor law of the state, indicated the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA).
For Ai-Jen Poo, director of NDWA, the exclusion of domestic workers from the regular labor laws – which include a minimum wage, payment of extra hours and other compensations – “has its roots in the legacy of the slavery as in the devaluation of women's work”.
The lack of a legislation to protect domestic workers makes many companies abuse the good will of these employees. By not paying the right wage to them, nor extra hours, a series of violations of their rights as humans and workers starts.
For this reason, domestic workers realized their convention in the Nate Holden Theater in Los Angeles, to celebrate the “Domestic Worker Day”, established to be commemorated every 30 of March.
In the meeting domestic workers told their experiences and difficulties that they face for not being protected by a right labor law.
Source: Law Office Manuel Solis and El Mensajero