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Newsom Vetoes Workplace Safety Protections For Domestic Workers

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A group of people cheer and hold up signs including one that reads "Gov. Newsom - Nothing But Excuses" in an outdoor setting.
The California Domestic Workers Coalition, employers, domestic workers, and partners gather outside the Earl Warren Building to protest Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of SB 686 in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. SB 686 would have provided health and safety protections to domestic workers such as nannies, house cleaners, and homecare providers. (Juliana Yamada/KQED)

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