Gov. Brown Vetoes CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which would have provided about 200,000 domestic workers with overtime pay, meal breaks, and a suitable sleeping environment for live-in workers, due to what he claims to be a "number of unanswered questions" that the bill raises.
According to Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, "Governor Brown missed an opportunity to prove himself a leader in civil rights by ensuing that the people caring for California's children, people with disabilities, and the elderly no longer have to go without proper sleep or meals." The reality is that the majority of these caretakers are female immigrants and by vetoing this bill, their basic labor rights are being denied.
In 2010 New York passed a similar bill that acknowledged the unequal working conditions that many domestic workers face and how these individuals frequently go unnoticed. Despite this setback in California, the National Domestic Workers Alliance is pushing forward with more bills for equal labor rights in additional states within the next year.
Media Resources: National Domestic Workers Alliance; Huffington Post 10/01/12; Feministing.com 10/01/12
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .