Earned Sick Leave Rap (1) .pdf

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The​ ​rap​ ​is​ ​a​ ​structure,​ ​not​ ​a​ ​script,​ ​so​ ​don’t​ ​plan​ ​on​ ​reciting​ ​anything​ ​word​ ​for​ ​word.​ ​Have​ ​a​ ​conversation​ ​with
the​ ​worker,​ ​but​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​hit​ ​these​ ​points.​ ​This​ ​structure​ ​will​ ​work​ ​to​ ​answer​ ​questions​ ​before​ ​they​ ​have​ ​to
ask​ ​them​ ​and​ ​to​ ​motivate​ ​them​ ​to​ ​get​ ​involved.
Intro:​ ​Who,​ ​Who,​ ​What,​ ​What

Who​ ​you​ ​are:​​ ​“Hey,​ ​my​ ​name​ ​is….”
Who​ ​you’re​ ​with:​​ ​“I’m​ ​volunteering​ ​with​ ​Fight​ ​for​ ​15/Work​ ​Strong​ ​Austin”
What​ ​you​ ​do:​ ​“We’re​ ​fighting​ ​for​ ​better​ ​pay​ ​and​ ​conditions​ ​for​ ​workers/We​ ​fight​ ​for​ ​workers​ ​rights/etc.”
What​ ​you​ ​want:​​ ​“We’re​ ​out​ ​today​ ​talking​ ​to​ ​workers​ ​about​ ​a​ ​local​ ​campaign​ ​for​ ​paid​ ​sick​ ​leave​ ​in

Main​ ​Rap:​ ​Problem/Solution/Strategy​ ​or​ ​Agitate/Inspire/Strength​ ​in​ ​Numbers

Problem/Agitate:​ ​“If​ ​you​ ​get​ ​sick​ ​and​ ​have​ ​to​ ​miss​ ​work,​ ​what​ ​happens?​ ​You​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​paid,​ ​do​ ​you?
Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​had​ ​to​ ​work​ ​while​ ​you​ ​were​ ​sick?​ ​How​ ​does​ ​it​ ​make​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​to​ ​know​ ​your​ ​coworkers
may​ ​be​ ​sick?”
○ Be​ ​conversational,​ ​and​ ​be​ ​simple:​​ ​many​ ​may​ ​have​ ​never​ ​heard​ ​of​ ​“paid​ ​sick​ ​leave.”​ ​Break​ ​it
down--”do​ ​you​ ​get​ ​paid​ ​if​ ​you​ ​miss​ ​work​ ​for​ ​being​ ​sick?”
○ Name​ ​the​ ​stakes:​​ ​“If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​miss​ ​work​ ​I​ ​bet​ ​it’s​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​cover​ ​the​ ​bills/We​ ​can​ ​barely​ ​afford
to​ ​support​ ​our​ ​families​ ​when​ ​we​ ​work​ ​every​ ​day...”
○ Tell​ ​your​ ​story.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​experience​ ​working​ ​without​ ​sick​ ​days?​ ​Tell​ ​them​ ​about​ ​that!
Agitate​ ​through​ ​class​ ​resentment:​​ ​“Burger​ ​King​ ​(or​ ​wherever)​ ​can​ ​definitely​ ​afford​ ​this,​ ​but
they​ ​would​ ​rather​ ​pay​ ​their​ ​executives​ ​millions​ ​and​ ​millions​ ​while​ ​we​ ​have​ ​to​ ​work​ ​sick/How
much​ ​money​ ​are​ ​they​ ​making​ ​on​ ​this​ ​shift​ ​you​ ​think?​ ​Thousands​ ​of​ ​dollars?​ ​They​ ​can​ ​afford​ ​to
help​ ​you​ ​when​ ​you’re​ ​sick.”
Solution/Inspire​:​ ​“We​ ​are​ ​working​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​City​ ​Council​ ​pass​ ​a​ ​local​ ​law​ ​that​ ​would​ ​require​ ​every
business,​ ​including​ ​this​ ​one,​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​you​ ​with​ ​sick​ ​days.”
○ Don’t​ ​tell​ ​all​ ​details,​ ​just​ ​key​ ​motivators:​ “​ You​ ​could​ ​also​ ​use​ ​it​ ​for​ ​when​ ​your​ ​kids​ ​or​ ​another
family​ ​member​ ​is​ ​sick/You​ ​could​ ​use​ ​it​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​someone​ ​in​ ​jail.”
○ Be​ ​prepared​ ​to​ ​answer​ ​questions​ ​just​ ​in​ ​case.
Strategy/STRENGTH​ ​IN​ ​NUMBERS:​​ ​“To​ ​get​ ​this​ ​done​ ​we​ ​need​ ​STRENGTH​ ​IN​ ​NUMBERS,​ ​you,​ ​me,
and​ ​every​ ​worker​ ​in​ ​Austin​ ​speaking​ ​out.”
○ Lay​ ​out​ ​the​ ​power​ ​dynamics:​ ​“So​ ​all​ ​the​ ​restaurants​ ​and​ ​big​ ​businesses​ ​have​ ​lawyers​ ​and
lobbyists​ ​and​ ​money,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​STRENGTH​ ​IN​ ​NUMBERS…”

Activate​ ​and​ ​Inform

Sign​ ​them​ ​up:​ ​“So​ ​go​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​fill​ ​out​ ​this​ ​info​ ​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​get​ ​in​ ​touch​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​up​ ​to​ ​date​ ​with
the​ ​campaign.”
○ Not​ ​“will​ ​you​ ​sign?”​ ​but​ ​“Go​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​sign.”​ ​Be​ ​friendly​ ​but​ ​assume​ ​support!
Let​ ​them​ ​know​ ​they’ll​ ​be​ ​hearing​ ​from​ ​us:​ “​ One​ ​of​ ​our​ ​people​ ​will​ ​probably​ ​call​ ​you​ ​in​ ​the​ ​next​ ​week
or​ ​so​ ​to​ ​see​ ​if​ ​they​ ​can​ ​find​ ​a​ ​time​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​more​ ​about​ ​the​ ​campaign.”
Leave​ ​them​ ​with​ ​a​ ​brochure​ ​in​ ​either​ ​English​ ​or​ ​Spanish.
Ask​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​any​ ​other​ ​co-workers​ ​that​ ​are​ ​available!

TIP:​ ​If​ ​you​ ​see​ ​a​ ​worker​ ​taking​ ​a​ ​smoke​ ​break,​ ​waiting​ ​for​ ​their​ ​shift,​ ​leaving​ ​after​ ​the​ ​shift,​ ​etc.​ ​talk​ ​to
them​ ​first--it’s​ ​easier​ ​to​ ​strike​ ​up​ ​a​ ​conversation​ ​with​ ​them​ ​than​ ​with​ ​someone​ ​on​ ​the​ ​clock.

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