Building Political Power in the Capitol

The California Domestic Workers Coalition first formed as vehicle for grassroots domestic worker organizations to unite with a broad coalition of supporters to advance statewide policy change to uplift the dignity of domestic work in California.

Domestic worker led organizations came together to develop a platform of policies to meet the needs of California’s domestic workers which became the original California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

California Domestic Workers Coalition advocated for over seven years to pass state legislation achieving the first key victory in 2013 with AB241 (Ammiano). And in 2016, the 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.

Since then, domestic worker leaders of the Coalition have continued to mobilize in Sacramento to ensure that their rights are upheld in their every day lives and that their voices are heard on issues that most impact themselves and their families: on policies ranging from workers, immigrants, and womens’ rights to occupational health and access to care.