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Governor Brown's LA and Sacramento Offices Flooded with Flowers on Behalf of Domestic Workers PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 27 September 2012 05:18

California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 889) awaits Governor’s Signature

LOS ANGELES – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) recently flooded Gov. Jerry Brown's Los Angeles and Sacramento offices with flower arrangements on behalf of domestic workers.

CHIRLA and the California Domestic Workers Coalition is urging Brown to sign Assembly Bill 889, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights which seeks basic worker rights for live-in nannies, caretakers, and housekeepers such as overtime pay, vacation time, and rest periods.

AB 889 makes exceptions for relative caretakers, baby sitters and people under age 18.

The governor has until the end of September to sign the bill. If signed, California would be the second state, after New York, to establish such legal protection.

"The flower arrangements represent our collective request for the Governor to think of the delicate and precious work domestic workers perform every day in thousands upon thousands of California households," said Angelica Salas, CHIRLA Executive Director.

"Domestic workers deserve basic worker rights and California families yearn for tools that can help them compensate their worker's arduous and loving care."

Organizer Rosa Maria Segura said CHIRLA had arranged for flower arrangements to arrive at Brown's offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento on a daily basis until the end of September or until he signs AB 889.

Eight single floral arrangements were sent before representatives for the governor asked CHIRLA to stop.

Segura said CHIRLA officials were "hopeful" Brown would sign the bill, although the governor has not indicated if he will or not.

She added a public rally has been planned on Saturday, Sept. 29, at noon in McArthur Park in Los Angeles "to encourage his signature."

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 05:19