Re "Domestic worker pay measures advance" (Capitol & California, June 27): The article makes clear that the strongest opposition to the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, Assembly Bill 241, comes primarily from private agencies worried about shrinking profits if they are required to pay overtime to eligible employees.
As a former employer of caregivers for my late father, I was surprised that The Bee let industry claims go unchallenged. The disingenuous arguments made by for-profit agencies would have made my dad, a retired librarian and proud union man, very upset.
On a retired widower's budget, we still managed to provide dad's caregivers decent hours, kitchen access and rest breaks. Such basic rights should not be left only up to employers' discretion.
Is quality home care expensive? Yes. Is the fact that agencies routinely charge families double what they pay workers part of the problem? Definitely.
-- Kathleen Coll, San Francisco