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National Domestic Workers Alliance Wins California Bill of Rights

Huge congratulations go out to our friends at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). After seven years and two vetoes, the NDWA was finally able to celebrate the passage of a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in the State of California. The Bill is the third-state level measure to protect domestic workers in the country, following New York and Hawaii. Under the new Bill, domestic workers will be entitled to overtime pay if they work for more than nine hours a day or 45 hours a week.

“Guaranteeing daily overtime for all domestic workers is a momentous win for us,” said Marcela Escamilla, a domestic worker from San Francisco. “This is a big step for respecting and recognizing domestic work as real work, and the fight doesn’t stop here. The fire for this movement will now burn brighter for domestic workers across the country fighting for the same recognition.”

The NDWA, a core national partner organization of CPD, is now moving the fight to establish basic labor protections and work place rights for domestic workers to Massachusetts.