In “The Case of the Nanny's Separation Anxiety,” our latest report from the Claimant Advocacy Program files, a laid-off nanny won her unemployment benefits thanks to help from a CAP lawyer. The nanny was being replaced with an au pair, but the employer family wouldn’t tell her how long they needed her to keep working.
The nanny confronted the employer and demanded that they give her a final date of employment along with a reference, but when she filed for unemployment benefits, the employer contested the claim, saying that the nanny had caused the separation by demanding a termination date. The CAP attorney helped the nanny win her case when she was able to prove that she was involuntarily separated from her job due to the parents' personal choice of an au pair versus a nanny. The Claimant Advocacy Program is a free legal counseling service available to individuals who file unemployment compensation appeals in the District of Columbia. Call 202-974-8150 for more info, and read more about the case at dclabor.org
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1918, Chicago stockyard workers won the 8-hour day.
In 1930, at the height of the Great Depression, 35,000 unemployed marched in New York’s Union Square. Police beat many demonstrators, injuring 100.
In 1990, Harry Bridges, Australian-born dock union leader, died at age 88. He helped form and lead the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for 40 years.
And in 2012, leaders of the Screen Actors Guild announced that the membership had voted to merge with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, creating the 150,000-member SAG-AFTRA.
Today’s labor quote is by Harry Bridges
“The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’”
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