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Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

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"Pass the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights immediately in the new Congress."

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    Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

    Few workers are worse off than domestic employees. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Sen. Kamala Harris and the National Domestic Workers' Alliance just introduced a bill that would change that.1

    The people who clean our houses, raise our children and care for our seniors have lived in the shadows for far too long, some enduring horrific conditions while doing the work that makes everything else possible. Nine states already have laws on the books protecting domestic workers, but being protected should not depend on where you live.

    The National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights would shield domestic workers nationwide from harassment and discrimination, as well as guarantee sick leave and overtime pay for those live-in domestic workers not currently covered. Speak out now to demand that Congress give domestic workers the protections they deserve.

    Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

    Domestic workers are covered by the minimum wage, but face low wages and rarely get healthcare coverage or any sort of retirement plan. In states without these protections, their employers can hurl racial slurs or abuse without consequence, force them to work odd hours without breaks or sick days and refuse to protect their safety.3

    The National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights helps in two ways. First, it would extend common workplace protections to domestic workers. They would get help in cases of discrimination or harassment and a domestic workers wage and standards board to include worker voices in improving working conditions. 4

    Second, the bill would extend essential new rights and protections – llike training and development and the right to meal breaks, rest breaks, paid sick days, federal agency protections, privacy, written agreements, protections against unfair deductions of wages and knowledge about their schedules in advance. These powerful protections could set a new standard for all contingent workers, from Amazon warehouse "contractors" to ride-share drivers. 5

    Because domestic workers are exempt from many basic federal employment laws, they are a target for abuse and exploitation. And because they are predominantly women of color in a white supremacist society they have a hard time getting the attention and help they deserve. Passing the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights is a critical step to changing that. Add your name now to demand that Congress act.

    Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    References:

    1. Madeleine Joung, "Domestic Workers Aren’t Protected by Anti-Discrimination Law. This New Bill Would Change That," TIME, July 15, 2019.
    2. Ai-jen Poo, Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Sen. Kamala Harris, "Change begins at home -- and on the floor of Congress," CNN, Nov. 29, 2018.
    3. Bryce Covert, "The New Federal Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Would Remedy Decades of Injustice," The Nation, Nov. 29, 2018.
    4. Ibid.
    5. Ibid.