Hayward Congregation Asks for Domestic Workers ‘Bill of Rights’

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HAYWARD (KCBS) — Pastors across the Bay Area invited domestic workers to speak to their congregations on Sunday. It’s part of a campaign to get state leaders to adopt a domestic workers’ ‘bill of rights’.

Many Bay Area faith leaders think the issue of rights for domestic workers transcends religion including Reverend Teresita Valeriano with the Mission Lutheran Church in Hayward.

“We know it’s a moral issue how we treat our own fellow human beings. This is a story of hope, resilience and injustice,” said Valeriano.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The State Assembly has already approved the domestic bill of rights that would require that caregivers, housekeepers and nannies earn at least the minimum wage in addition to getting overtime pay, sick days and other basic benefits.

California could become the second state in the nation behind New York to approve a domestic workers bill of rights.

The push by Bay Area pastors comes as the proposal heads for the state senate.

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