Making SB1015 a reality…
Last year, the 2016 Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (SB1015) was approved by the California legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown! SB1015, took effect on January 1, 2017, making permanent the right to overtime for the privately employed domestic workers that support nearly 2 million California households. Winning permanent overtime is a victory toward transforming the industry standards and asserting the value and dignity of domestic work.
This year, the California Domestic Workers Coalition is focusing its efforts to ensure large-scale education about the new law and toward a comprehensive strategy to ensure compliance with all labor protections so that domestic workers may feel true material shifts in their day-to-day conditions. We want to see the dignity of domestic workers be upheld and uplifted with overtime protections and other basic worker rights becoming a reality for immigrant women workers across the state.
Knowing Our Rights and Building Our Skills
Across the state, domestic worker organizations are conducting mass education, outreach, and trainings to organize the predominantly immigrant workforce to be able to assert and defend their rights to overtime, sick-time, minimum wage as well as protection from retaliation regardless of immigration status.
Likewise, domestic employer organizations like Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employer Network and Senior and Disability Action are working to assure that individuals and families that hire domestic workers in their homes are aware of the labor laws that impact them and are inviting employers to sign onto a set of fair employment standards through the “Fair Care Pledge.”
Sending a Clear Message to Non-compliant Employers
Leading the way to assert caregiver rights, member leaders of the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) launched a public campaign against the Canoga Park-based home care agency Health Alliance Nurses Corp. and its owner Emilyn Nishi.
Caregivers were allegedly being paid only $100 to $125 per 24-hour shift, equating to less than $5.00 per hour.
Worker leaders first went public with their labor violations back in 2015 and have since assisted the California Labor Commissioner’s office to start an investigation that is still on-going. This year, despite the current climate of fear and attacks against immigrant workers, Filipino caregivers organized to bring the case forward to the City Attorney’s office in an effort to enforce their hard-fought-for rights and send a unified message to other agencies to end wage-theft in the homecare industry. For more information about this case, click here.