Latina domestic workers are calling on state legislators to enact fair labor laws. A group of women demonstrated Wednesday in front of the Women's Building in San Francisco's Mission District to mark International Domestic Workers’ Day, singing and chanting in favor of worker protections. Their demonstration comes on the heels of AB 889, a bill recently drafted by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). The bill was introduced in the state Legislature in February, and hearings are scheduled for April.


“California can’t wait any longer,” Andrea Mercado, an organizer with Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a nonprofit women’s rights organization based in San Francisco, told Univision.

She stressed that the protections guaranteed under Ammiano’s bill are basic rights, such as overtime pay, the right for in-home workers to sleep eight hours a day in adequate conditions, and “other basic rights that affirm that these workers are doing important work for California,” Mercado said.

If the bill passes, California would become the second state in the country to enact protections for domestic workers. Last August, New York Governor David Paterson signed into law the “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” which went into effect in November.