Tag "DC"

Jibril – Paid Sick Days a Relief

Jibril Wallace has been working at the same Safeway in Washington, DC, for 28 years, since she was a teenager helping her mother pay the bills. Now her income helps support her two kids, ages 18 and 8. Jibril has

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Why Black Workers in DC Need Paid Family Leave

Political leaders and think tanks in DC talk about ways to alleviate racial disparities.  Others explore how to reduce infant mortality. We hear calls for men to be more engaged fathers.  From time to time we hear concerns about keeping

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DC Passed Paid Family and Medical Leave Into Law

We are thrilled that the DC City Council passed a comprehensive paid family and medical leave bill which will guarantee about 530,000 workers the ability to take the time they need to care for themselves and their loved ones without

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We Need Laws that Support Our Families: DC Paid Leave Hearing

More than 100 witnesses made a powerful case that now is the time for paid family and medical leave in the nation’s capital.

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Eliseo’s Story

“[My supervisor wouldn’t] give me permission to miss the day of work, unpaid, to go to my doctor’s appointment [to treat my Type 2 Diabetes]. [After] I missed my third appointment . . . I received a call from my health insurance company . . . saying they had canceled my insurance [and said] it seemed that my health is not important to me.”

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Lindsey’s Story

“The other employees at work [saw] how sick I was and . . . begged my boss to send me home so they wouldn’t end up with bronchitis.”

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Woong’s Story

“I went into work the first day . . . running . . . a 101, 102 degree fever. I was coughing constantly . . . [and found out that] I had the Swine Flu. Who knows how many co-workers and customers I might have infected?”

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Nikki’s Story

“I was forced to go to work with a highly contagious visible nastiness on my eye.”

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Tahearra and Permelia’s Story

“It made me feel 100% better to have someone that cares…taking care of you; it makes all the difference in the world. I think that it helped me recover a lot faster.” – Permelia

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