MomsRising Joins Advocates in Recognizing Local Restaurant’s Support for Paid Sick Days
November 13, 2010
MomsRising Joins DC Employment Justice Center, Center for Law and Social Policy, Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC, Other Advocates in Recognizing Local Restaurant’s Support for Paid Sick Days
The Teaism restaurant in Washington’s Penn Quarter was the scene of a Carrotmob this morning. A Carrotmob is a mob of consumers who join together to reward a business by purchasing that business’ goods or services, thereby showing support for the business’ practices and policies.
This Carrotmob was organized to show support for Teaism, a local tea shop and restaurant chain specializing in teas and Asian food, for the company’s support of Washington, DC’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act. The Carrotmob was organized to coincide with the second anniversary of the enactment of the law which provides between three to seven days of paid sick leave.
At the event, local members of MomsRising, the online and on-the-ground organization for moms and everyone who has a mom, presented Teaism’s owners, Michelle Brown and Linda Neumann with a Super Hero Award for supporting the law when it was being considered by the DC City Council. The Award certificate says:
MomsRising Super Hero Award presented to Teaism in recognition of Teaism's super hero and socially responsible support of extending paid sick days to all employees.
“Paid sick days are important to all employees, but can be especially crucial for people who work in restaurants,” said MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. “Not only do they need to be sure they have time to recover from illness or visit a doctor, ensuring that people who handle our food are healthy is just good public health policy. We applaud Teaism for their heroic commitment to their employees, their customers and the health of DC.”
The Carrotmob was organized by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC, the DC Employment Justice Center, the Center for Law and Social Policy, Class of Change, DC Jobs Council, DC Jobs with Justice, Jews United for Justice, Massey Media, MomsRising, Mother’s Outreach Network, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, National Employment Law Project, Partnership for Working Families, and Wider Opportunities for Women.