After a momentous victory with the signing of SB1015, we of course had to celebrate in style with those who made it all possible. On Monday September 26th, just two weeks after Governor Brown signed SB1015 The 2016 Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law, we convened over 250 domestic worker leaders, our closest allies and, our legislative champions. Key legislative supporters such as Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and our very own champion Senator Connie Leyva celebrated the achievement of permanent overtime protections with us. Thank you for leading us towards dignity- seguimos adelante!
September 26th holds special meaning for domestic workers in that it’s the anniversary of Governor Brown signing AB241, the first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights back in 2013. This year we acknowledge this day by celebrating the achievement that’s been 10 years in the making.
Here are a few reflections from our fierce leaders about their experiences as part of the campaign to pass SB1015:
“It’s so empowering to have seen domestic workers join us in Sacramento for the first time and take leadership in legislative visits and committee hearings.” – Guillermina Castellanos, La Colectiva de Mujeres
“This campaign empowered me specifically when I shared my testimony in the Capitol for the first time; this motivates me to continue in this fight.”
– Veronica Nieto, Mujeres Unidas Y Activa
To see more photos from our event, check out our “SB1015 Celebration and Documentary Premiere” album in our Facebook page here.
BUILDING FOR MORE DIGNITY RISING
Domestic workers have lead us in a historic legislative campaign to ensure permanent overtime protections for their families, their employers and for the more than 300,000 domestic workers across California who work endlessly to support the dignity of California’s prosperous workforce.
The work continues, because passing SB1015 is merely half the fight. The focus now shifts towards implementation and expanding education about SB1015 to more domestic workers. Each victory in our movement is a heightened opportunity for leadership development, which is why domestic worker leaders are preparing to escalate their community outreach efforts to expand education and develop new leaders in the next couple months. Stay tuned for more exciting updates.
We’re aiming to finish the year off strong!