Through the 2018 Filipino Policy Symposium, participants developed a California state-wide policy platform focused on eight major areas: Gender Justice, Housing, Health, Community Development and Small Businesses, Immigration, Workers Rights, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, and Education. This platform shares the lived realities experienced by the California Filipino population and their proposed policy recommendations. The 2019 Filipino Policy Platform can be utilized by policy makers, community based organizations, and the larger public as an educational resource to develop policies and further engagement with the Filipino community.




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In the Filipino community, workers? rights issues are intimately tied to issues of gender-based discrimination and immigration. Advocates have noted the feminization of migration to the United States, where primarily Filipinas are used as low-wage labor in industries such as home health care, nursing, domestic work, and teaching. Workers experience human rights violations such as threats of deportation, debt bondage, trafficking, wage theft, and sexual assault due in part to the isolation of these industries and lack of legal protections. For those in unionized workplaces, the recent Janus v. AFSCME ruling states that non union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions, deeply affecting unions? ability to collectively bargain for better working conditions. Public services unions include unions for nurses and child care providers, where 20% of all registered nurses in California are Filipinos (2013). Solutions City, County, and State-Wide Legislation to combat wage theft and develop protections for domestic workers and agricultural workers. This can include the passing of local wage theft ordinances to revoke licenses from businesses engaging in wage theft as well as an enforcement of the CA Domestic Workers? Bill of RIghts. Statewide level Ethnic Studies curriculum, such as AB 123, to educate youth and students around workers rights. Statewide level legislation that counteracts Janus vs. AFSCME ruling and protects the right to collective bargaining.