You are here: Home / Updates / USA: Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts Senate
USA: Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts Senate

USA: Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts Senate

Comments
by IDWFED published May 08, 2014 12:00 AM
Today the state Senate passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights 39-0 with clear bi-partisan support, moving one step closer to becoming a law that ensures workers have basic labor protections such as clarity on what constitutes working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and protection from the abuses of trafficking and from retaliation for asserting wage violations.

Details

USA -

Law Would Provide Fuller Labor Protections for Domestic Workers in the Commonwealth

Today the state Senate passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights 39-0 with clear bi-partisan support, moving one step closer to becoming a law that ensures workers have basic labor protections such as clarity on what constitutes working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and protection from the abuses of trafficking and from retaliation for asserting wage violations.


Photo: Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers Facebook

Domestic Workers make all other work possible --- that has been the rallying cry for hundreds of members of the MA Coalition for Domestic Workers as they have organized tirelessly to ensure dignity and respect for Massachusetts’ nannies, house cleaners and care workers.

“This is historical and unbelievable, I am so ecstatic- after almost 30 years being a part of helping feels amazing. I am so proud that our Senate has heard our voices and believes we deserve the same rights and protections as other workers,” said Sonia Soares, a domestic worker for the past 28 years.

“We are thrilled that our bill has moved one step closer to becoming a law. Domestic workers can now come out of the shadows and create a more safe and secure workforce,” said Lydia Edwards on behalf of the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers.

Similar bills have passed in CA, HI and NY. The domestic worker movement has been leading the way for dignity and respect for this workforce that has labored in the shadows for far too long.

"I am proud to be a part of making history and assuring that nannies, house cleaners and personal care attendants are treated with respect and dignity," said Senator Anthony P. Petruccelli, lead sponsor of the bill.

“It’s important to both workers and families because this is about fairness and positive work environments --- everyone benefits, including the families, the children, and the care provides --- it doesn't get any better than that," said Jennifer Russo, Boston Nanny Center of Newtown Massachusetts.


MA Coalition for Domestic Workers includes the Brazilian Immigrant Center, the Dominican Development Center, Matahari: Eye of the Day; Vida Verde Co-op/Brazilian Women’s Group, and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development and is a member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

More information:

Source: NDWA

Story Type: News

blog comments powered by Disqus