A hospice worker, a young mother and a McDonalds worker were among the more than 100 community and labor activists who turned out Tuesday morning in front of the Wilson Building for a spirited rally urging returning lawmakers to immediately resume work to pass fair scheduling and paid family leave legislation. While scheduling and family leave were put on hold before the summer recess, speakers pointed out that they couldn’t so easily do the same with their lives. Kimberly Mitchell, a Ward 7 resident who works at Macy’s downtown, spoke powerfully and personally about the twin crises affecting many workers and why both bills must pass. “While the Council was out, I had MRIs done to confirm my worst nightmare: the brain tumor my doctors have been monitoring for two years has spread,” she said. “My hours at work were cut yet again this summer and on a part time, unpredictable salary with no paid medical leave and a teenage daughter to support, I still don’t know how I’m going to afford the medical care I urgently need.”
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