Legislation to create a “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights” in Illinois passed the state Senate Wednesday, bringing caregivers and house cleaners one step closer to greater job security and improved working conditions.
The bill, which the House approved last May, now goes back to the lower chamber for a final vote, according to the Illinois Domestic Workers Coalition.
The domestic workforce, mostly made up of women, has historically been excluded from protections under state and federal laws extended to workers in other industries.
The proposed “Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act” is meant to 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.
Older advocacy organizations on both sides of the aisle face a
serious dilemma – adapt with new technology or go extinct, says the
author of the new book “The MoveOn Effect.”
Political advocacy groups concentrated on the left that have popped up over the last decade, such as MoveOn.org and Daily Kos,
among others, have redefined membership and successfully mobilized mass
amounts of people around the issues of the day faster than ever before,
says author David Karpf, assistant professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University.