Bending “Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Towards Justice…” 

    

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Freedom March from Selma to the Montgomery, Alabama State House, telling the crowd: “We are on the move, but the road ahead is not smooth.”  He proclaimed: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.”  This transformative event in American history continues to re-inspire and motivate.
In that same year, Cesar Chavez was “bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice” for California’s poorest and most powerless farmworkers.  The unprecedented 1965 Delano Grape Strike unified Filipino and Mexican farmworkers and set in motion a movement that would change wages and working conditions for California’s farmworkers and transform countless lives in the process.  As we prepare to celebrate Chavez’ birthday on March 31st, we salute the many young members of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs – San Diego’s own “Chavistas” and future leaders – who practice the ten Club values that characterized Cesar’s life as a union organizer.  To learn more, visit www.chavezclubs.org.
In its own humble but persistent way, SSVW continues its own 30+ year history in “bending that arc towards justice” for the working people we represent – whether to remedy a personal injury suffered on or off the job, to challenge discrimination or other employment wrong, to strengthen our union clients by providing our legal expertise, or to assure fairness and due process when an employee’s job or career are threatened.  Visit our website to see if we can help you, a family member, neighbor or friend: www.ssvwlaw.com.

 

New Sick Leave Law Helps California Workers

 

 Beginning on July 1st, California’s Healthy Workplace Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) entitles eligible employees to begin accruing one-hour of paid sick leave for every thirty (30) hours worked. Once an eligible employee satisfies a 90-day waiting period, he or she may use up to 24 hours or three days of paid sick leave during each year of employment. Unused sick leave may be carried over from year-to-year but an employer may cap the total accrual at 48 hours or six days. Retaliation or discrimination against an employee who requests or uses paid sick days is prohibited. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding this new benefit, visit the website for the State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Labor Standards Enforcement at www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Paid_Sick_Leave.htm

 Meet SSVW’s Darlene Augustine…

 

DarleneDarlene will celebrate 15 years with our firm on August 21st.  She is a native San Diegan and a graduate of Point Loma High.  When Darlene is not in the office keeping hundreds of Workers’ Compensation case files current and in order – or providing relief to our reception desk – she loves hanging out with her family and cooking up specialty dishes while listening to the Jazz and R&B music she loves.  Next time you call our office, if Darlene answers, listen for that happy smile in her voice.  Thank you Darlene for your continued loyalty and quality service to our firm’s many clients!!