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Tiffany’s Story: Why Having Paid Sick Days is So Important for Her and Her Family

July 28, 2010
Tiffany is an office manager and a single mom. Her 13-year-old son has severe asthma and allergies. At her current job, she receives paid sick days, which she is able to use to care for herself or her son when he has an asthma attack or a respiratory infection. Tiffany is relieved knowing that she...

The View from Capitol Hill

July 28, 2010
In my job, I get to explain the entire narrative of paid sick days to our nation’s lawmakers and their staff. It’s a rather simple task because most people intuitively get it—and often they have an experience to share. The other day, as I walked into one of the House of Representatives office...

A Collective Solution to a ‘Personal Problem’ – Unions Fight for Paid Sick Days

July 28, 2010
When my son was almost 10, I found out I was pregnant with twin girls. I was excited but a little intimidated. I remembered one newborn being a lot of work – what would two be like? I mentally prepared for double the amount of diaper changes, laundry, bottles and child care costs. But what didn’t...
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Decision 2010: The Grassroots set the Pundits Straight!

July 28, 2010
The legislative session is over in Maine. It came to a close in April, and while the session came to a close during one of the warmest springs on record, unfortunately lawmakers legislature left workers out in the cold . That’s because they once again failed to pass L.D. 1665, a bill that would...

Why North Carolina needs federal action on paid sick days

July 28, 2010
North Carolina workers aren’t alone in their desperate struggle to balance the competing demands of work and family. Half of North Carolina’s private sector workers— 1.6 million to be precise —lack a single paid sick day to care for themselves or a sick family member. Here is the great Tar Heel...

Paid Sick Days are Crucial for Direct Care Workers

July 28, 2010
Every day in the United States, more workers than many of us imagine face an impossible choice: go to work sick, or forgo a paycheck and risk job loss or workplace discipline. More than 40 million private sector workers in this country do not have access to even a single paid sick day. And when it...

Where Small Business Prospers

July 28, 2010
Here at the Maine Women’s Lobby, we’ve been researching family leave insurance for nearly ten years. It’s passed in three other states (California, Washington, and New Jersey), and many more are actively working on legislation. Right now, in Maine, when working families welcome a new baby or face a...

Why I Need Paid Sick Days

July 28, 2010
My name is Tasha West-Baker, I am 34 years old. I am a mother of three, my kids range in age from 15-10. I am a cashier at one of the largest grocery chains in the United States (Safeway); I have worked for this company for the past seven years, which in the grocery industry is a long time. Thanks...

Supporting Earned Sick Time is as Easy as 1-2-3: Public Health, Smart Business, and Economic Security

July 28, 2010
(Looking for a fourth reason? It’s good for you and your family.) We can all agree that when people are sick, the best place for them to be is home or in the hospital in order to get the care they need and prevent the spread of illness. But in Pennsylvania, 46 percent of all workers have no access...

In Talking About Paid Sick Days, The Bottom Line

July 28, 2010
In the advocacy world, talking points to support paid sick days have been developed to fit every constituency: To appeal to working parents, labor and women’s advocates, you might highlight the fact that paid sick days are a modern necessity in a society where many families have both parents in the...

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