Asked how she managed when she herself was sick, Jibril said, “I’m not quite sure what that is—you still had to go to work.”
Since the District of Columbia’s paid sick days law was expanded to include part-time workers, Jibril has a new peace of mind. “It’s very relieving to know if your kid or you yourself are sick, there will still be hours on your check,” she said.
Unfortunately, there are now attempts to dilute the new paid sick days law; we’ll keep you updated as that story develops.
Meanwhile, you can read Jibril’s complete story – and see a great photo of Jibril and her way-cute kids -- on our website at dclabor.org
On today’s labor calendar,
there’s a protest against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker this morning starting at 9a in front of the Washington Post, and at 2pm this afternoon, author John DeSantis will discuss his book “The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike” at the African American Civil War Museum.
Complete details on these and all the local labor events are at dclabor.org, click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history,
On this date in 1908, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Oregon state restrictions on the working hours of women, justifying them as necessary to protect their health. A laundry owner was fined $10 for making a female employee work more than 10 hours in a single day.
In 1912, women and children textile strikers were beaten by Lawrence, Massachusetts police during a 63-day walkout protesting low wages and work speedups.
And in 1919, Congress passed a federal child labor tax law that imposed a 10 percent tax on companies that employ children. The Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional three years later.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones
Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, who said
“In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?”
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