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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers. High of 90. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ESE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Thursday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 73. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.8 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Devil Science Theater 3000 Anniversary Party

Every Thursday for the past year, the audience at Devil Science Theater 3000 has played drinking games and loudly mocked some of the worst films ever made, vying to be “Director’s Worst Nightmare,” a title that comes with swag, microphone privileges and bragging rights. On Thursday, June 27 at Laughing Devil Comedy Club in LIC, DST3K will throw its anniversary bash by inviting all the Director’s Worst Nightmare winners to help destroy the year’s funniest scenes, short films and trailers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Paid sick time law passes in NYC, veto overridden

New York City is becoming the most populous place in the United States to make businesses provide workers with paid sick time, after lawmakers overrode a mayoral veto early Thursday to pass a law expected to affect more than 1 million workers. Read more: NBC New York

Queens residents: Con Edison is ruining our trees

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Accidental voicemail captures murder of Queens woman

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Starbucks baristas must share tips, high court rules

Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors, but assistant managers are left out in the cold, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. Read more: AP

New U.S. school snack food rules clamp down on calories, fat

Snacks sold in U.S. schools must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released on Thursday aimed at giving students more nutritious options and fighting childhood obesity. Read more: Reuters

Paid sick days get serious backing


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A group of city councilmembers, community leaders and small business owners are “sick” of the lack of workers’ rights.

That is why many of them gathered in Jackson Heights to launch Conscious Consumer Initiative, which seeks to highlight and promote local businesses that provide paid sick days. Supporters are also calling on the city council to pass the Paid Sick Time bill (Int 0097-2012), which would ensure that New Yorkers without access to paid sick days are able to take time off when they or their families fall ill.

“I know how important it is to take time off when you are sick to prevent disease from spreading,” said Freddy Castiblanco, owner of Terraza 7 Live Music, where the March 13 event was held. “As a business owner I believe giving paid sick days is not only the right thing to do, it also builds a stronger business.”

In addition to the support of small businesses, the bill in question has 35 council sponsors and is supported by a diverse coalition of labor unions, women’s rights organizations, healthcare providers and community organizations.

Castiblanco and other members of Small Business United joined with Make the Road NY, which has over 4,000 Queens members, to announce the creation of a Conscious Consumer Card and a grassroots mobilization and education campaign to highlight and promote responsible businesses like Terraza 7.

Councilmember Julissa Ferraras, a sponsor of a city proposal to guarantee paid sick days, said that worker rights initiatives serve to strengthen small businesses and the communities they inhabit.

“Make the Road’s Conscious Consumer initiative is a great way to let the community know which businesses offer paid sick days to their workers,” said Ferreras. “Paid sick time is a small measure that can have an immediate, positive impact on business productivity, reduce unemployment and strengthen financial security for families who desperately need relief.”

Jackson Heights resident and Make the Road member Rocio Loyola said that thousands of workers in Jackson Heights and Corona have suffered as a result of not having paid sick days.

“Today we’re coming together to show the economic power we have as a community,” he said. “We’re here to educate consumers to support businesses that provide paid sick days with their dollars. That’s what this is all about.”