SENATOR PRICE WALKS IN DOMESTIC WORKER'S SHOES
Senator Price serves as domestic worker to show urgent need for basic protections offered in legislative proposal
Los Angeles, CA - As California legislators prepare for their last week to pass bills, Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. will serve as a domestic worker to demonstrate the importance of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 889 Ammiano and VM Perez).
In California, the domestic workforce of caregivers, housecleaners and child care providers operate under outdated exclusions from basic labor protections, subjecting them to extremely low wages and poor working conditions. The second measure of its kind in the country, AB 889 would include domestic workers in basic labor protections that nearly all other workers enjoy, such as rest breaks and overtime pay.
AB 889 has won broad public support from domestic workers, domestic employers, faith leaders, labor leaders, mothers, and other community advocates including prominent endorsements from the New York Times and celebrity Amy Poehler. The bill will move to the Senate floor for a vote next week.
Who: Senator Curren Price and domestic employer Helen Katz, a retired teacher with six grandchildren who employs domestic workers to care for her and her husband's home and their dog Barley, domestic workers and supporters of the California Domestic Workers Coalition
What: Senator Price will serve as a domestic worker for an hour. The work will include performing the domestic worker's usual duties, including housecleaning and taking a walk through the neighborhood with Mrs. Katz's dog Barley
When: 12:00 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2012
Where: 1973 DeMille Drive, Los Angeles 90027, Home of Helen Katz.
Contact: Rachel Tardiff, Rachel@FitzGibbonMedia.com, 202-746-1507
(Onsite) Angela Alvarez, CA Domestic Workers Coalition, 323-898-2175