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February 1, 2008

A family-friendly bill before the DC City Council

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Did you know? The DC City Council is considering a bill, the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, which would allow all employees in the District to take paid sick days to care for themselves or their children (as well as to deal with incidents of domestic violence). What I think is especially significant is that the Act would cover all types of workers, including part-timers... many of who are moms.

The City Council is set to vote on the bill this Tuesday, February 5. But word on the street is, some vocal lobbyists are attempting to get it permanently tabled.

If you're inclined to support the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, there's something you can do about it. Four calls you can make. (And every call, every voice message, counts.) Here's who needs to hear from you:

Council Chair Vincent Gray - 202.724.8032
Council member Kwame Brown - 202.724.8174
Your ward Council member - 202.724.8000 (This is the main Council number, so ask for your Council member by name or ward.)
Mayor Adrian Fenty - 202.727.1000

It's disturbing to learn that 86% of food and public service workers in the District don't get even one paid sick day - meaning they work sick and when their kids are sick, or face going unpaid or losing their jobs. And that half of the District's full-time workers have no paid sick time. IMO, lack of paid sick leave is a real liability for our children and families - as well as for our co-workers and, ultimately, for our employers.

Posted by Sarah at 7:28 PM.