The momentum for the paid sick days campaign is building.The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act, which ensures that no worker in DC will be forced to choose between her health and her economic security, was introduced with overwhelming support in the DC Council on September 17th. Since then, the Paid Sick Days for All Campaign has been in non-stop action. Check out what we have been up to:
On October 28th hundreds of supporters came out to testify in favor of a stronger paid sick days law in DC and raising the minimum for all workers. Following the hearing, our allied group, OUR DC, led an action outside of the restaurant Chef Geoff’s to dramatize the need for sick days and higher wages.
On November 7th, 81 DC residents called into the office of Vincent Orange, Chairman of the committee in charge of the paid sick days and minimum wage bills, the Committee of Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, to pressure him to pass both paid sick days and a higher tipped minimum wage for all workers in DC.
The next day, on November 8th, close to 100 community members participated in a joint rally in front of the DC City Council where workers spoke and demanded that the D.C. Council pass a higher minimum wage, a higher tipped minimum wage and stronger paid sick days legislation NOW. After hearing from workers about their experiences lacking paid sick days and surviving on the tipped minimum wage of only $2.77, a group of 30 workers and community allies headed to the Wilson building where we visited the offices of the 5 Councilmembers on the Committee of Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
On November 13th, 96 DC residents called Chairman Mendelson’s office to urge him to include a higher tipped minimum wage in any minimum wage legislation, and to make sure that the paid sick days bill gets passed as part of a comprehensive effort to promote economic security for DC’s working families.
Help take action! If you missed out on these actions, but want to support the campaign for paid sick days and a higher minimum wage, please call the members of the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs and urge them to do the following:
- Pass the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act
- Raise the minimum wage to $12.50/hour
- Raise the minimum wage for tipped workers
Members of Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs:
Councilmember David Grosso: (202) 724-8105
Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1): (202) 724-8181
Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3): (202) 724-8062
Councilmember Yvette Alexander (Ward 7): (202) 724-8068
Councilmember Vincent Orange: (202) 724-8174
Help make a difference for working families in the District and a make a call today!
*Thanks to the DC Employment Justice Center for drafting this blog post! The original can be found here.