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Paterson Will Sign "Domestic Workers Bill of Rights"

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Governor Paterson told WNYC's Brian Lehrer he would sign the "Domestic Workers Bill of Rights" if the Senate passes the legislation.

PATERSON: Clearly, in the law, these workers deserve equal rights and if they're able to pass the bill, or if they're able to ever get the legislature to come back, I will sign it.

REPORTER: It's the governor's first public endorsement of the bill, and an emotional moment for Ai-Jen Poo, lead organizer with Domestic Workers United.

POO: It's incredibly exciting that after over seventy years of exclusion from labor laws and five years of a campaign in Albany, that we've got the support of the governor.

REPORTER: The bill promises overtime pay, sick leave, severance and health benefits to domestic workers, who usually care for children or the homebound elderly.

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