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Labor leader presses Fenty on sick-leave law

Valarie Long, vice president of local chapter 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, pressed Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) today to immediately finalize new rules to implement the District's paid sick-leave law.

Regulations are needed, Long wrote in a letter, "to ensure businesses understand and take seriously their responsibilities and help workers understand their rights."

The law, requiring companies to offer up to seven paid sick days, took effect in November 2008, but the Fenty administration has delayed publishing the final rules to implement the measure. Fenty said in a statement last week that the regulations would be issued "in the coming days to further educate the public."

In her letter, Long wrote that without the regulations D.C. workers "are still being forced to choose between coming to work sick or losing their jobs." Long's union represents 15,000 private security officers and commercial office cleaners in the Washington region.

-- Ann E. Marimow

By Ann Marimow  |  January 28, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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That we need laws for this employer/employee cat and mouse game speaks to how dog d i c k lazy people in DC are.

get your a $ $ to work.

Posted by: eddiemacs | January 28, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

IT'S NOW 2010 and he has yet to publish the details about a law that was passed in 2008? A law directly related to health issues is not important to him at all. But in the election year, it will get done. Another reason not to sign his petition.

Posted by: candycane1 | January 28, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

candycane1 - he doesn't care about this law, he has no friends who work in low places, who would need such help. How pathetic!

If he gets back in office, my home will be on the market!

Posted by: missboo | January 29, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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