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MUA leads the California Domestic Workers Coalition

Editorial Note: Today’s guest blog post comes from Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a long time partner of The San Francisco Foundation.  We’re thrilled to lift up this inspiring work as we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day.

MUA was founded to empower immigrant women in finding solutions that affect their every day lives; from community resources, domestic violence and assault intervention, and workforce programs.  They are dedicated to mobilizing immigrant, working class and voters of color to help push progressive policies forward.  – See more at: https://mujeresunidas.net/

Domestic workers–a primarily immigrant women workforce of nannies, caregivers, and housecleaners–have been fighting for more than seven years to see the value and dignity of our work reflected in California state labor law. Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) has been the forefront of this movement building since 2004 when we defined winning labor protections for immigrant domestic workers as our primary organizing focus.  Since that time, we have come together with organizations across the state to found the California Domestic Worker Coalition and successfully passed AB241, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

This year, MUA is leading the California Domestic Workers Coalition in introducing SB1015 with Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino), which would defend overtime equity and support dignified labor standards for California’s domestic workers. SB1015 continues the success of our ground-breaking 2013 legislation which granted long-overdue overtime protections to the state’s caregiving workforce.  SB 1015 seeks to remove the sunset provision in AB241 because we believe our families deserve permanent protections.

– See more at: http://sff.org/mua-leads-the-california-domestic-workers-coalition/#sthash.XDM3B65f.dpuf


In California, there are over 300,000 housekeepers, nannies and caregivers for seniors and people with disabilities who care for the health and well-being of many California families and homes. Domestic workers are primarily immigrant women, manly Latina and Filipina women, who work to support our own families as primary breadwinners. We are mothers, abuelas, and tias –all working to provide a better life for our own families and defend the dignity of the families and loved ones for whom we care. While domestic work is essential to the California economy and to the ability for Californians to live independently, many domestic workers lack permanent labor protections. SB1015 would rectify this historical exclusion and affirm domestic work as legitimate work. At the core, this bill is about equity and civil rights. – See more at: http://sff.org/mua-leads-the-california-domestic-workers-coalition/#sthash.XDM3B65f.dpuf


This past Monday, over 70 domestic workers traveled to Sacramento to begin talking with legislators about SB1015.  Caregivers like Myrna Rivera Asan from Pilipino Workers’ Center in Los Angeles who took a day away from work, leaving her home at 6 pm and traveled all night on a bus to arrive at the Capitol at 6 am so that she could share the good news that AB241 has worked.  After years of working 24 hours a day 5 days a week, she now has a 12 hour schedule, receives the minimum wage and overtime pay, and can spend time with her family and contributing to her community.  Myrna was joined by Monique Harris and other members of Hand in Hand, the Domestic Employers Network.  As someone living with a disability, Monique shared that the attendants she has employed since she was 18 years old have helped her to raise her son, graduate from college and make it possible for her to be a successful artist and business owner.  She supports overtime protections for domestic workers because she knows that the work is hard, important, and dignified.  On Wednesday, April 6, Mujeres Unidas y Activas will join our Bay Area Coalition partners in sending 3 buses to Sacramento to testify in support of SB1015 at the Senate Labor Committee and continue pushing our movement forward.

We believe that domestic workers should be recognized, celebrated and protected for improving the quality of life for children, seniors, people with disabilities and their own loved ones. Since the passage of the original Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, domestic workers have taken to the streets to conduct expansive community education and enforcement campaigns all across the state. As a result, domestic workers have reported improved confidence and ability to advocate for dignified standards in their jobs and employers have more clarity about workplace standards. Without the passage of SB 1015, much needed state protections would no longer apply to this historically excluded workforce. It’s time to uphold the dignity of domestic workers and make overtime a permanent labor protection for all workers.  We hope you will join our movement!

– See more at: http://sff.org/mua-leads-the-california-domestic-workers-coalition/#sthash.XDM3B65f.dpuf


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MUA is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a dual mission of personal transformation and community power. Creating an environment of understanding and confidentiality, MUA empowers and educates our members through mutual support and training to be leaders in their own lives and in the community. Working with diverse allies, MUA promotes unity and civic-political participation to achieve social justice.

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