“Cupcake/pizza/coffee happy hour in Mt. Pleasant – support local businesses and paid family leave!”

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From a press release:

“What: The DC Paid Family Leave Coalition is celebrating National Small Business Week with a “Purchasing Power Happy Hour” (non-alcoholic) featuring three of the over 60 local establishments who are speaking out for decent jobs and common-sense paid leave policies. Happy hour snackers and sippers can purchase beverages from Flying Fish Coffee & Tea, pizza from Angelico’s La Pizzeria (Mt. Pleasant location), and cupcakes from Grassroots Gourmet. Attendees will also have the opportunity to make Mother’s Day cards for Councilmembers urging them to show some love for DC moms – and all parents and family members – by passing a powerful paid family and medical leave policy.

Small business owners in our city’s neighborhoods provide the daily necessities, and the special treats, of our daily lives. These owners want to be good employers and good neighbors – but it’s just too expensive to provide paid family and medical leave out-of-pocket. Over 60 local businesses across the District, from bakeries to banks, have joined the DC Paid Family Leave Coalition working for a strong paid leave program that levels the playing field for small businesses, supports valued employees at tough times, and helps keep people in decent jobs. Delicious coffee, pizza, and cupcakes don’t have to come with a side of low wages and benefits – we can have good jobs and tasty treats too.

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When: Tuesday, May 3
6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Flying Fish Coffee & Tea
3064 Mt. Pleasant St, NW

Why:

Shop local and stand for paid family and medical leave! One of best ways to support a business is to purchase its products. Join the Paid Family Leave Coalition at the Purchasing Power Happy Hour to spend your dollars locally with business supporters of the Universal Paid Leave Act. Tomorrow we’re saying thank you by putting our money where our mouth is, all while putting delicious treats from responsible employers in our bellies too. A full list of businesses that support the Universal Paid Leave Act is available at: www.dcpaidfamilyleave.org/business.”

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  • west_egg

    “Small business owners in our city’s neighborhoods provide the daily necessities, and the special treats, of our daily lives. These owners want to be good employers and good neighbors – but it’s just too expensive to provide paid family and medical leave out-of-pocket.”
    .
    Shifting those costs to other people doesn’t magically make it less expensive. (No, I am not suggesting that we should just do without family and medical leave; I just have yet to see a proposal from the Council that isn’t overly burdensome.)

    • But isn’t that the nature of Socialism? And isn’t that what left-leaning DC residents are trending towards? I’m just asking. I don’t personally support Socialism, but it seems to me there’s a trend among people in this area – particularly the young middle class – to support policies, movements, and causes that shift financial responsibility for workers towards the consumer.

      • There’s a big difference between Socialism and supporting a social programs. Believe it or not, you are already the beneficiary of many social programs. This particular social program has shown to be very beneficial to society.
        Also, please stop treating the word Socialism with the same disdain as Communism. Capitalism is just as flawed as Socialism.

  • I always support small businesses in DC and also out of town when I travel. My primary eating out, snacking, coffees, etc. are almost exclusively at small biz establishments. But I honestly don’t know the inner workings of their pay and benefits. I’ll need to read up on the Universal Paid Leave Act. Never heard of it. In the meantime I wish them all the best, and I’ll continue getting my lattes, teas, and GF pastries from the wonderful little places I love.

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