A longtime employee at one of the large universities in DC -- we'll call her Jane, not her real name -- anyway, Jane got sick with cancer and required extended leave to treat the disease. Before her leave ended, Jane contacted the university to let them know that she was still weak from the medical treatment and could not yet work a full time schedule. However, the employer denied Jane's request for a part-time schedule, placed her on unpaid leave and within two weeks, notified Jane that her failure to return to work full-time was the same as quitting. The Metro Council's Claimant Advocacy Program was able to win unemployment compensation for Jane by citing her fifteen years of service without any attendance issues, documenting her medical condition, and providing evidence of prior temporary job accommodations made to two senior staff members for issues like a broken leg and back surgery. The Claimant Advocacy Program -- part of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO -- is a free legal counseling service available to workers who file unemployment compensation appeals in the District of Columbia. Call 202-974-8150 for more info.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1834, one of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, was first published in New York City. It cost a penny, and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.”
In 1918, faced with 84-hour work-weeks, 24-hour shifts and pay of 29¢ an hour, fire fighters formed The International Association of Fire Fighters. Some individual locals had affiliated with the American Federation of Labor beginning in 1903.
Today’s labor quote is by Jennifer Granholm
"Those who purify your water, inspect your meat, and test your kids' toys, as well as a huge number of nurses, teachers, and our soldiers, are public employees. The firefighters who don't hesitate to rush toward danger while you run away from it - they are all public employees."
American politician, educator, author, and political commentator Jennifer Granholm as Attorney General and Governor of the State of Michigan.