This week, a California worker center that organizes domestic workers and immigrant women, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, affiliated with the San Francisco Labor Council as part of a growing partnership effort by the labor movement and the larger worker rights’ movement to strengthen advocacy and mobilization efforts for day laborers, domestic workers and all working people.
A member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Mujeres Unidas y Activas is a grassroots organization that empowers nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers through community actions, leadership development and skills-based trainings. Over the past two years, Mujeres Unidas y Activas has worked closely with the California Labor Federation to pass the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which passed both the state Assembly and Senate, only to be vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last October.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “In joining together, the San Francisco Labor Council and Mujeres Unidas y Activas are helping to build a broader, more inclusive labor movement to improve the lives of working people.”
The president of San Francisco Labor Council, Tim Paulson, presented the formal affiliation to the worker center in a special ceremony this week. Worker center affiliations allow non-traditional worker organizations to formally partner with the labor movement on the local level. These partnerships are part of an important effort to reach out broadly to working people who work in a variety of industries with little to no protection, but who deserve the same collective voice that all people do.
Teresa Mendoza, a domestic worker in San Francisco, said: “This is an important step forward for all working families in San Francisco as we work to raise the level of respect and recognition for domestic workers. We stand together for a stronger movement to empower women, immigrants and all working people.”