Crossing the finish line to uphold workers’ rights in the District

Last Friday, a broad coalition of worker activists, organizers and advocates came together to liven up the public oversight hearings for the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and Office of Risk Management (ORM). The Employment Justice Center, DC Jobs with Justice, Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC, ONE DC,  UFCW Local 400 and the rest Just Pay Coalition returned…

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Worker Activist Bruno Avila Honored by the Washington Peace Center

Tonight, the Washington Peace Center will host their tenth annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala, to celebrate all DC activists’ hard work and successes over the past year. The EJC is proud that workers’ committee member Bruno Avila will be honored at this year’s Grassroots Gala with the “Power to the People” award for his hard…

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“When we are united, we can do anything” – Workers React to the Wage Theft Prevention Act Victory

On Friday, Mayor Gray signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014. Click here to see the bill or here for a marked up version of the DC Code that shows the changes that will be made once the legislation goes into effect in late November or early December. The legislation was passed after years of organizing, strategizing and…

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Paid Sick Days are for Kids Too!

Imagine you or your child gets sick and must go to the doctor, but you can’t afford to take the day off because if you lose your pay, you won’t be able to pay your rent or other bills. What would you do? Fortunately, because of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act, fewer families need…

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Stories From The Front Lines

This story was written by intern Suzy Jivotovski after an interview with a worker who successfully recovered her wages, and has asked to remain anonymous. I worked for a contracting company doing cleaning work for a hotel in the spring of 2014. I, along with several other women, were told we would be paid $15.95/hr…

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Reflections on an Exciting Summer

    The Employment Justice Center (EJC) is unique in that it combines policy advocacy and community organizing efforts with legal services to protect worker’s rights and secure workplace justice. As part of my Summer Fellowship at EJC I not only had the opportunity to develop my legal skills in areas such as client intake,…

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DC Council Passes Wage Theft Prevention Act

Monday, the DC Wage Theft Coalition celebrated a major victory with the unanimous passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Act by the DC Council. Before heading into the Wilson Building for the final vote, workers and allies rallied on the steps in support of passing the bill with no amendments that would weaken its protections…

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Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future

Celebrating Worker Victories with an Eye towards the Future This week, a jubilant group of D.C. workers, business owners and community supporters braved the searing summer heat to celebrate the first scheduled minimum wage increase to $9.50 per hour, and the District’s paid sick days law expansion to more workers at a press conference in front…

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