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Paid Sick Days for All
Imagine that you work in a restaurant to support your family. One day you wake up feeling awful. Lying in bed, you realize that if you don't go to work, you're not going to be able to pay the rent. Even worse, imagine that you are healthy, but your young child is sick. Can you afford to take the day off to care for him? Or will you send him to school while you work, and just hope he gets better?
This scenario is all too real for thousands of workers in DC. Washington, D.C. passed a law in 2008 guarateeing paid time off. However, this law does not cover everyone. Tipped restaurant workers were excluded, in addition to anyone working on their first year on the job, even though these workers can still get sick and spread illness to others.
Nearly 80% of restaurant workers cannot earn paid sick days, and as a result, almost 60% of restaurant workers in the District reported preparing, cooking, and serving food while sick.
Food is not sustainable without sustainable jobs for food workers. The Paid Sick Days for All Coalition is agitating to ensure that no one has to choose between taking care of their health and earning the money they need.
The Paid Sick Days for All Campaign has had an active summer, canvassing the streets for petition signatures, patronizing supportive businesses like Flava at Wa-zo-bia and Pleasant Pops, and telling businesses that their customers support Paid Sick Days!