More Progress for Domestic Workers' Rights

Minnesota joined Oregon and Hawaii as states that have advanced legislation this session to protect the rights of domestic workers, a sign of progress for efforts to protect workers who often earn less than the minimum wage and face exploitation and abuse:

A Senate committee in Oregon held a hearing this week on a bill that has already passed the house to grant workplace protections to 10,000 domestic workers. [The Oregonian]

“It’s considered invisible, it’s not real work... and it’s women’s work." -- Myrla Baldonado, a domestic worker and organizer pushing for similar legislation in Illinois. [The World]

“Our feeling is that if six or seven states pass domestic workers’ legislation like this, we can be successful at the federal level." -- Hawaii State Rep. Roy Takumi, following passage of a domestic workers' bill of rights in his state this session. [RH Reality Check]

"Takumi decided to work on a Hawaii domestic workers’ bill of rights four years ago, after hearing National Domestic Workers’ Alliance director Ai-jen Poo speak at a Progressive States Network conference." [RH Reality Check] 

A bill in Minnesota to allow for the unionization of child care and personal care workers received approval by the state Senate this week. [Pioneer Press]

The Minnesota legislation now heads to the House, where a vote could come in a matter of days. [Minnesota Public Radio]


(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from May 17, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)