Marks First Time Paid Sick Days for All Coalition and Minimum Wage Coalition Have United
Noon Rally at “Bad Actor Chef Geoff’s Restaurant” Highlights Need for Increased Minimum Wage, Expanded Earned Sick Time and Higher Tipped Worker Wage
Washington, D.C. – On Monday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. ET, the largest-ever joint coalition of D.C. workers, small business owners, religious leaders and community supporters will join together to call on the City Council to pass a unified bill to increase the minimum wage, raise the tipped minimum wage and close loopholes in the paid sick days law before the Council hearing. A noon protest will be held outside the Chef Geoff’s 13th street downtown restaurant; over 100 protesters will highlight the restaurant group as a typical bad actor in the fight for decent wages and working conditions. The protesters will also stage a second raise the wage action at a nearby McDonalds.
This marks the first time the Paid Sick Days for All Coalition and the Minimum Wage Coalition have united to ensure that all D.C. workers can care for their health without fear of losing their wages or jobs and earn enough money to cover the basics and support their families.
WHO: Low-wage restaurant workers, community leaders and coalition representatives
WHAT: Minimum Wage/Paid Sick Days Rally, Hearing and Testimony
WHERE: Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Monday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m.
Bad Actor Rally
WHO: Low-wage restaurant workers, (many wearing chef outfits and chef hats)
WHAT: Bad Actor Rally
WHERE: Chef Geoff’s, 13th St between E and F streets NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Monday, October 28 at 12:00 p.m.
When working families earn enough money to cover the basics, it helps the whole economy. Making such low wages and risking losing their wages – or worse, a job when they’re sick – undermines families’ ability to contribute to the economy and forces many to rely on public programs to keep their families afloat. That’s why workers, business owners, community organizations, faith leaders, health professionals, labor unions, and advocates from across the District have joined together to ensure expanded earned sick time and a minimum wage increase become law in D.C.