We are very excited to announce that DC JWJ will be working on and supporting a few exciting new campaigns. Are you interested in getting plugged into these new campaigns? Make sure you sign up to volunteer with us. And be sure your organization supports as well.
We endorsed these campaigns at our Steering Committee meeting on June 4, at which time we weren’t prepared to bring new demands from the Movement for Black Lives, but hope to share more with you soon.
The Council must respond immediately by taking drastic action to help renters struggling to survive amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. You can sign the petition from the DC Tenants Union in calling for the Council to
- Cancel rent and mortgage payments for the duration of the state of emergency plus one month
- Impose a two-year freeze on rent increases while the city recovers
- Guarantee a right to counsel in eviction cases
- Vastly expand the Emergency Rental Assistance Program with tripled funding, expanded eligibility, and no more annual limits on frequency and amount
- And enact into law the Reclaim Rent Control platform in its entirety
Recent federal legislation gave many workers 2 weeks of paid sick days however these new rights are not extended to workers who work for employers with more than 500 employees. DC existing paid sick leave is inadequate for the current moment, workers at large employers must be given access to expanded paid sick leave. In the coming months DC JWJ will pressure Mayor Bowser and the Council to pass local legislation to expand the right to 2 weeks of paid sick leave to cover workers who work for any size employer.
There are tens of thousands of workers in the District who will not be able to access any form of cash assistance to weather the storm of the immediate Covid-19 crisis. These workers have been excluded because of who they are or the work they perform. Their needs are particularly acute during the pandemic and must be addressed. We joined with our allies in labor and community based groups to call for DC to expand efforts at guaranteeing the economic security, safety, and health of all workers including excluded workers. Join the “DC Council, Don’t Exclude Me” action on June 29th.
Gig companies are hurting DC’s ability to recover from the crisis by shirking their responsibility to pay into state-or federal-level UI program. Gig workers need access to robust unemployment benefits and gig companies need to pay their fair share. D.C. should take enforcement measures against companies that shirk basic tax obligations and expand the application of the “ABC Test” tool industries to prevent gig-based companies from avoiding the financial needs of their workers.
We look forward to working with you on these new campaigns