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Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

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"Pass the Federal Domestic Workers Bill of Rights immediately in the new Congress."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Few workers are worse off than domestic employees. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Sen. Kamala Harris and the National Domestic Workers' Alliance just introduced a bill that would change that.1

The people who clean our houses, raise our children and care for our seniors have lived in the shadows for far too long, some enduring horrific conditions while doing the work that makes everything else possible. Eight states already have laws on the books protecting domestic workers, but being protected should not depend on where you live.

The Federal Domestic Workers Bill of Rights would shield domestic workers nationwide from harassment and discrimination, as well as guarantee overtime pay and sick leave. Speak out now to demand that Congress give domestic workers the protections they deserve.

Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Click here to sign the petition.

Domestic workers often make less than the minimum wage and rarely get healthcare coverage or any sort of retirement plan. Without protection, their employers can hurl racial slurs or abuse, force them to work odd hours without breaks or sick days and refuse to protect their safety.3

The Federal Domestic Workers Bill of Rights helps in two ways. First, it would extend labor laws to domestic workers. They would get Occupational Safety and Health Administration protections, help in cases of discrimination or harassment, the right to overtime pay, and the ability to form unions.4

Second, the bill would extend essential new protections – like retirement savings, affordable health care, training and development and the right to meal breaks, rest breaks, paid sick days, federal agency protections, contracts on paper, privacy and knowledge about their schedules in advance. These powerful protections could set a new standard for all contingent workers, from Amazon warehouse "contractors" to ride-share drivers.5

Because domestic workers are exempt from basic labor laws, they are a target for abuse and exploitation. And because they are predominantly women of color in a white supremacist society they have a hard time getting the attention and help they deserve. Passing the Federal Domestic Workers Bill of Rights is a critical step to changing that. Add your name now to demand that Congress act.

Tell Congress: Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/domestic_workers_rights?t=9&akid=33382%2E3291973%2EKi8r59

Thank you for speaking out,

Nicole Regalado, Campaign Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Madeleine Joung, "Domestic Workers Aren't Protected by Anti-Discrimination Law. This New Bill Would Change That," TIME, July 15, 2019.
  2. Ai-jen Poo, Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Sen. Kamala Harris, "Change begins at home -- and on the floor of Congress," CNN, Nov. 29, 2018.
  3. Bryce Covert, "The New Federal Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Would Remedy Decades of Injustice," The Nation, Nov. 29, 2018.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.

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