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Councilmember Elissa Silverman

Elissa Silverman is an at-large member of the D.C. Council and chair of Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Elissa believes that a transparent governing process helps ensure all residents' voices are heard. She is committed to improving the quality of life for residents in all eight wards.

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  • Latest News

    What We Did!

    NEWSLETTER — NOVEMBER 4, 2022

    List of legislation and other activities from the Labor Committee during Council Period 24. Text is largely identical to the adjacent newsletter content and the content on the web page https://www.elissasilverman.com/labor-highlights

    In just a few weeks Council Period 24 will come to an end, and with it, my government service to the residents and businesses of the District of Columbia given the election results. 

    It will also bring to a close two years of exceptional work by the Labor and Workforce Development Committee, which I chair. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a frightening time for many of our workers and local businesses, and I am very proud of the role our committee played to make sure that there was an economic safety net in place. My committee and constituent services staff helped thousands of workers navigate the unemployment insurance system, and we worked with the Department of Employment Services to make payments to workers who lost jobs through no fault of their own. We also worked with unions and employers, and through the budget, our committee appropriated $40 million to help our hospitality and retail businesses keep workers on payroll. 

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    Remember to Vote!

    NEWSLETTER — NOVEMBER 4, 2022


    Five Days Left to Vote!

    Election Day is this Tuesday, November. 8! It is going to be a consequential election for the District of Columbia, both in terms of national and local results. WAMU aired a good story on how elections across the country, impacting the balance of power in Congress, can have consequences on our local governance and Home Rule. 

    If you are a registered voter in DC, you should have received your ballot in the mail. Remember to turn it over, so you can vote on Initiative 82, the tipped wage ballot issue. 

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    Silverman Disappointed by Lack of Teachers Contract

    Councilmember Silverman expressed disappointment at Thursday's Labor Committee review of the new principals contract that D.C. Public Schools teachers still have no contract after more than years.

    “I’m concerned about the message it sends to our teachers about their value to us as a governmentt and as a community." Silverman said. "I urge Mayor Bowser to do what’s necessary to reach an agreement.”

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    How to Extend Your UI Benefits

    If you applied for Unemployment Insurance (UI) at the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency (mid-March), you have likely exhausted or are about to exhaust your benefits. UI is designed to last for 26 weeks, but fortunately, there are additional 13-week extensions currently available. The extension is not automatic, however. UI claimants will need to apply and fill out an application to receive extended support.

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    Shared Work Unemployment Insurance Program

    If you are a DC worker affected by COVID-19, the District has programs that may be able to help, including the Shared Work Unemployment Insurance Program ("Shared Work"). Shared Work is a way for businesses in the District to keep employees on staff during the COVID-19 pandemic AND reduce payroll costs.

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    Paid Family Leave for DC Workers

    DC's Universal Paid Family Leave program is now live. This allows DC workers to take paid leave to care for a new child, a family member, or themselves.

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    Unemployment Insurance for DC Workers

    If you are an unemployed DC worker, including workers affected by COVID-19, the District has programs that may be able to help. Our strongest protection for District workers at risk of losing their paycheck is Unemployment Insurance (UI).

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