Event: SD Domestic Workers Celebrate International Women’s Day Press Conference

[THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED: “The Current State of the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: Roundtable Discussion”]

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For Immediate Release
March 26, 2012

San Diego Domestic Workers Celebrate
International Women’s Day
Press Conference

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 12:30pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park
2004 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Contact:
California Domestic Workers Coalition, Southern California
Marta Samano – 323-632-4643
Paul Valen – 858-525-2378

Visuals:
Banners, Posters, T-shirts and Balloons

 The California Domestic Workers Coalition is working on the passage of AB 889, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which would give over 200,000 domestic workers in California basic protections and labor rights This would make California the second state, after New York, that gives Domestic Workers the recognition and respect that they deserve!

Domestic workers have historically been exempted from laws governing the rights afforded to other workers – decent wages, a safe and healthy workplace, workers compensation and other labor protections. Domestic workers are among the most isolated and vulnerable workforce in the state. The unique nature of their work requires protections to prevent abuse and mistreatment from occurring behind closed doors, out of the public eye. This bill provides domestic workers with industry-specific protections to use kitchen facilities and cook their own food, and creates standards for sleep.

In commemoration of International Woman’s Day (March 8th) and Women’s History Month, we recognize that domestic workers are primarily immigrant women. The role of domestic workers is essential to California as it enables others to participate in the workforce. Without these domestic workers many Californians would be forced to forgo their own jobs to address their household needs, resulting in the whole economy suffering.

We are continuing the momentum that has been built in San Diego for the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in coordination with the National Domestic Workers Coalition.  This press conference will include speakers from San Diego and Los Angeles representing domestic workers, labor, women, students, human rights, and other advocacy groups.

Local San Diego Supporting Organizations:
Anakbayan, San Diego
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, SD (APALA)
Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI)
Council of Philippine American Organizations, San Diego (COPAO)
Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization, University of San Diego (FUSO)
Human Rights Council of Oceanside (HRCO)
Kalusugan Community Services, FilAm Wellness Center
National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Region 10 (NaFFAA)
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council (SDICLC)
San Diego Day Laborers and Household Workers Association
SEIU, SD United Service Workers West
Standing Together as One Dream (STAND)

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