Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Top Stories

Domestic Workers Rally with Pots and Pans for Labor Rights

Protesters urged Gov. Brown to sign a bill to entitle domestic workers to overtime and other benefits.

Workers rallied outside the L.A. State Building. (T. Taylor/ ATVN)
Workers rallied outside the L.A. State Building. (T. Taylor/ ATVN)
The National Domestic Workers Alliance and the California Domestic Workers Coalition launched its 2013 campaign Thursday to convince the governor to sign AB 241, a bill protecting the rights of domestic workers. 

The bill would give workers the right to overtime pay, lunch and leisure time, workers compensation, access to the kitchen, and compensation for sick days for employees that work within their employer's household.

Attendees at the opening rally outside the L.A. State Building Thursday morning were asked to bring pots and pans along with other cleaning and cooking utensils to bang together as a symbol of their support for basic working conditions. 

AB 241 follows a the AB 889 bill that was given to Governor Jerry Brown to sign last year. Brown vetoed that bill saying the costs that would be placed on the disabled and elderly people if the bill was passed needed to be investigated more. 

While workers believe the bill is beneficial, others, like Brown, are not in support of it.

Kenneth Erman, the CEO for RX Staffing and Homecare, said AB 247 would make it more difficult for people who need homecare to afford it.

"The bill would make it impossible for companies providing live-in care givers to continue provide that at a rate that would be affordable for clients."

Erman continued: "It would require hourly pay even when they (the people who need the care) are sleeping."

Leave a comment

We've Moved!

By Sam Bergum
01/21/16 | 11:09 a.m. PST

Visit us at!

USC Basketball Knocks Off Rival UCLA 89- 75

By Scott Cook
01/14/16 | 12:05 a.m. PST

USC defeats UCLA with stellar play from their Freshmen. 

Holiday Bowl - USC vs Wisconsin Post-Game Press Conference

Su'a Cravens: "It's the players that need to step up"

Darreus Rogers: "It comes down to the players"

Trojans Fall to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl 23-21

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.