Illinois caregivers, housecleaners and their advocates rallied at the Thompson Center Wednesday, urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
The Illinois General Assembly approved the measure during the last legislative session and sent it to the governor on June 26.
Rauner has 60 days to take action on the legislation, which would ensure that domestic workers in Illinois are paid no less than the minimum wage, receive at least one day off a week and have protections against sexual harassment.
Magdalena Zylinska is among the 35,000 estimated domestic workers in Illinois. She’s a housecleaner in Chicago who organizes domestic workers with the Arise Chicago worker center.
“Since the domestic work industry is rapidly growing, and it is a very critical part of our state, I think it is a matter of urgency for this bill to pass,” she said. “Also, as domestic workers, we make all other work possible. We take care of children, aging loved ones, people living with disabilities and the homes of families. We want to be recognized as real workers, and we want to be treated with respect.”