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senate Bill S. 2112

Should There Be a Workplace Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers?

Argument in favor

As a group, domestic workers are some of the most underpaid workers in the U.S. Due to their exclusion from major labor protections, they’re vulnerable to wage theft, sexual harassment, systemically low wages and poor working conditions. This bill would make major steps to address these challenges.

Janet's Opinion
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08/23/2019
Yes, otherwise there would be no protections or fairness for workers who are the backbone of all businesses. Some employers do not appreciate the human sacrifice that a worker endures to make a decent wage, health benefits, etc.
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Martha's Opinion
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08/23/2019
Domestic workers need protections and if one can afford someone to cook and clean for them then one can afford benefits. I don't know anyone of low middle or low income who can afford domestic help with or without benefits so I don't think the affordability for these groups is of concern.
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Mary's Opinion
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08/23/2019
Domestic workers are very vulnerable to abuse and are paid very low wages. A Bill of Rights is necessary.
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Argument opposed

By raising the cost of domestic workers’ wages and making their industry more regulated, this bill would inevitably raise the cost of hiring domestic workers. This would price middle- and lower-income households out of hiring much-needed help that allows parents in those income groups to hire household assistance.

Libertarian's Opinion
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08/22/2019
Seriously? Do we not already have a legal system in this country? If the work conditions are poor, people leave. Case and point, the high turnover of Amazon workers. Stop waisting our money, please.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/22/2019
They are not US citizens and have no constitutional rights. Try protecting Americans not non citizens. #MAGA
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tituswife's Opinion
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08/22/2019
If you don't like your pay, benefits, job... find another one.
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    Yes, otherwise there would be no protections or fairness for workers who are the backbone of all businesses. Some employers do not appreciate the human sacrifice that a worker endures to make a decent wage, health benefits, etc.
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    Seriously? Do we not already have a legal system in this country? If the work conditions are poor, people leave. Case and point, the high turnover of Amazon workers. Stop waisting our money, please.
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    Domestic workers need protections and if one can afford someone to cook and clean for them then one can afford benefits. I don't know anyone of low middle or low income who can afford domestic help with or without benefits so I don't think the affordability for these groups is of concern.
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    Domestic workers are very vulnerable to abuse and are paid very low wages. A Bill of Rights is necessary.
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    It is amazing how many people act as if just “getting another job” will fix the problems of every day individuals. Yes we know we have the freedom to leave; what a lot of us don’t have the freedom to do is simply leave a job while looking for a new one. There are millions of Americans who work paycheck to paycheck and can’t even afford to take a day off to attend an interview elsewhere. I pull myself up by my bootstraps everyday like the right loves to say and yet despite working damn near 50 hours a week I still can’t create a financial cushion and not one job opening in my area is paying more than 16 an hour. Some of you really like to condescend to others that suffer and it’s really unfortunate.
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    There should be a workplace bill of rights, period.
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    As a group, domestic workers are some of the most underpaid workers in the U.S. Due to their exclusion from major labor protections, they’re vulnerable to wage theft, sexual harassment, systemically low wages and poor working conditions. This bill would make major steps to address these challenges.
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    Absolutely! All of the most essential needs we have when we have kids and must work to support them, when we are sick and need help, when we are young and need to be taught the knowledge we will need to survive and succeed, when we age and need assistance to perform our daily activities, when we have an accident, or our house catches on fire — a hundred other needs we have to insure that we can live reasonably comfortably— ALL of these things require the aid of workers who are financially valued the least in their jobs by our country. The more we are unable to do without them, the less we are willing to compensate them. The values of capitalism and libertarianism, unreasonably applied to human beings is at the root of this. Those whose work matters most in our society are taken for granted and their value to us disregarded as we pursue our national agenda of acquisition and our worship of the culture of deregulated capitalism. It is time to humanize capitalism and make it responsive to ALL of our needs. This is one way to begin that process.
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    They are not US citizens and have no constitutional rights. Try protecting Americans not non citizens. #MAGA
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    Alll humans have rights.
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    If you don't like your pay, benefits, job... find another one.
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    This idea that you should have more or less rights based on the type of work you do is very flawed. Of course they should be included.
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    I never met anyone I thought of as ‘middle class’ who had an employee.
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    Yes, absolutely. Otherwise, Corrupt Conservatives will abuse them, exploit and take advantage of them, and in many cases, essentially enslave them. When you do not see other human beings as living beings that deserve to be respected and treated humanely, and you do not possess human traits, such as empathy, and compassion, you tend to treat human beings as objects. This is the case with Conservatism and the mental disease that Conservatives are afflicted with. Conservatism has removed or not allowed human traits and qualities to develop in the brain, and therefore Conservatives are rendered harmful to others and society. Some appear to understand and comprehend laws and rights, and most likely legal ramifications that may cost them money, which is more precious to Conservatives than a human life. This is why we must provide written laws that protect innocent victims from Conservatism and Conservatives.
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    By raising the cost of domestic workers’ wages and making their industry more regulated, this bill would inevitably raise the cost of hiring domestic workers. This would price middle- and lower-income households out of hiring much-needed help that allows parents in those income groups to hire household assistance. SneakyPete......... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 8.22.19..........
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    You bet there should be! The horror stories I’ve heard from some of these people are beyond belief. They deserve the same respect as any other worker. Do it! The rich, especially, have been getting away with paying these people a pittance for ages, considering the work they do. You put yourself in their shoes and ask yourselves if this is a life you would choose. I doubt you’d say yes. They should be treated just like any other worker - overtime pay, payroll deductions (so they have some right to Social Security and Medicare, when they are eligible), and vacation time, at the bare minimum. You wealthy, who take advantage of those less fortunate, will get yours on judgment day. Better make sure you’re up to it and not going down the other way, like your lover, the Dump!
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    For too long, domestic workers have been not treated like real workers. In the shadows of legitimate employment.
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    Long overdue! These hard workers need help too as most are taken advantage of in a variety of ways including extended work hours, low wages, no opportunity for insurance, vacation or sick time or to collect unemployment!
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    This will dramatically reduce the number of these jobs, women and poor will be hit hardest.
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    It’s disgusting that people who work for minimum wage- or less- cannot afford to eat, pay rent or go to a doctor if needed. The Hill-Burton Act at least allows people to go to the Emergency Room., but that’s it.
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