DC Council Unanimously Supports Paid Sick Days and Raising the Minimum Wage


Yesterday the Paid Sick Days for All Campaign and Respect DC celebrated a huge victory: both the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act and the Minimum Wage Amendment Act passed their preliminary votes unanimously.

The final vote on both bills will be taking place on Decemer 17th. To ensure the bills aren’t watered down with amendments from the business and restaurant associations, send a quick email to the DC Councilmembers today.

Before the vote, several Councilmembers including Marion Barry and David Grosso spoke about the importance of expanding paid sick leave to all workers in the District. Councilmember Barry, who co-sponsored the legislation, said it was “atrocious” tipped workers weren’t already receiving paid sick days. Councilmember Grosso, a former restaurant worker, said forcing employees in the restaurant industry to choose between going to work sick and getting paid is hazardous to the public health.

Coverage of the vote in the Washington City Paper, Dcist, CBS DC and WPTV.

We are two weeks from a momentous victory! Help us keep the pressure up.