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Rally for paid sick leave, higher minimum wage

Councilmembers say voter referendum is coming

Sandra Galindo addresses the crowd - Image by Trinh Le
Sandra Galindo addresses the crowd

Raise Up San Diego, with backing from labor groups and their supporters, organized a rally outside city hall Wednesday afternoon, March 12, promoting a minimum-wage increase and access for workers to paid sick leave — a benefit 82 percent of San Diego food-service workers and a majority of low-wage workers do not currently receive.

"I am always just one day’s pay away from being unable to keep a roof over my family’s head," said food worker Maribel Sosa, who said being unable to take time off from work to care for her four-year-old daughter was also a major concern. "I make just $8 an hour, so if I get sick I have no choice but to go to work anyway."

The crowd was joined by several city-council members, including Sherri Lightner, Marti Emerald, Myrtle Cole, and Todd Gloria. The quartet said they intend to bring a measure to raise the minimum wage locally and allow workers to earn sick leave to voters this November.

"No one should have to choose between a job and caring for a sick loved one, and hard-working people should be able to afford to live in the city they love," said Gloria.

"I am a college graduate with two different jobs and I still cannot afford to feed my children without food stamps," lamented Sandra Galindo, a mother of three. "Most of my paycheck goes to pay rent and put gas in my car so that I can get from one job to the next."

(corrected 3/13, 11:10 p.m. — editor's error!)

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Sandra Galindo addresses the crowd - Image by Trinh Le
Sandra Galindo addresses the crowd

Raise Up San Diego, with backing from labor groups and their supporters, organized a rally outside city hall Wednesday afternoon, March 12, promoting a minimum-wage increase and access for workers to paid sick leave — a benefit 82 percent of San Diego food-service workers and a majority of low-wage workers do not currently receive.

"I am always just one day’s pay away from being unable to keep a roof over my family’s head," said food worker Maribel Sosa, who said being unable to take time off from work to care for her four-year-old daughter was also a major concern. "I make just $8 an hour, so if I get sick I have no choice but to go to work anyway."

The crowd was joined by several city-council members, including Sherri Lightner, Marti Emerald, Myrtle Cole, and Todd Gloria. The quartet said they intend to bring a measure to raise the minimum wage locally and allow workers to earn sick leave to voters this November.

"No one should have to choose between a job and caring for a sick loved one, and hard-working people should be able to afford to live in the city they love," said Gloria.

"I am a college graduate with two different jobs and I still cannot afford to feed my children without food stamps," lamented Sandra Galindo, a mother of three. "Most of my paycheck goes to pay rent and put gas in my car so that I can get from one job to the next."

(corrected 3/13, 11:10 p.m. — editor's error!)

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I am happy to see things like this taking place. Sick workers in the kitchen make for sick customers three days later...but I don't think it occurred on March 19th.

March 13, 2014

I have no excuse for that particular typo.

March 13, 2014

How many out of the 82% are tipped servers and bus personnel? I managed a family restaurant and my servers were making more than I was. Sure I only paid them $2.25 per hour, but if they wanted more, they worked for it. Our business did over $2 Million per year in food and dr ink sales. Do the math, even at a 15% tip average that left over $300,000 in tips. What ar they Bitching about??

March 20, 2014

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