Leading defenders of immigrant rights described Friday as just and historic California Gov. Jerry Brown's enactment of a law that awards basic labor rights to nannies and other personal attendants.

Brown's signature concludes eight years of struggle, Xiomara Corpeño, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, one if the leading organizations promoting the measure, told Efe.

"We're very excited," she said. "We know that it's only the first step but it's very important because up to now this hasn't happened in California."

The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights benefits approximately 200,000 workers in the Golden State, according to the bill's author, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

"Domestic workers are primarily women of color, many of them immigrants, and their work has not been respected in the past," the San Francisco Democrat said.

"Now, they will be entitled to overtime, like just about every other California working person," Ammiano said.

For the National Domestic Workers Alliance, this is the start of a drive to obtain the same benefit for domestic workers in other states of the Union.

"Several states will be considering new legislation next year: Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington and maybe Ohio and Oregon," Andrea Mercado, director of campaigns and cofounder of the NDWA, told Efe.

The payment for overtime granted by the new law applies to people who work permanently caring for others such as nannies and those who look after the elderly and the disabled. EFE