Over the course of the last two years, the domestic worker and employer leaders of the California Domestic Workers Coalition have worked tirelessly to lead the campaign to create an Education and Outreach Program within the Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement. We are overjoyed to announce that yesterday, June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed the California State Budget and has funded the establishment of the program!
Through countless trips to the capitol, in-district visits, budget advocacy trainings, strategy calls and coalition meetings, domestic worker and employer leaders of the coalition have made this victory possible.
After winning the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in 2013 and making it permanent in 2016, this first-of-its-kind program will address the unique barriers to rights compliance that domestic workers face by collaborating with community-based organizations to provide education, outreach, and training to both domestic workers and employers in order to increase awareness of and compliance with existing labor protections.
“Before I knew about my rights, I worked for 7 days a week, 11 hours a day, cleaning houses in San Francisco for just $2 an hour. I believe this statewide program and the partnership with trusted community-based organizations is necessary to reach and educate the hundreds of thousands of domestic workers across California who are just like me. Si Se Puede!”
– Ericka Chavez, Member Leader of La Colectiva de Mujeres in San Francisco
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Thank you for all your support,