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The Benefits of Paid Sick Days

June 8, 2011
In recent weeks, I've written here and here about legislation before Philadelphia City Council that would allow every worker in the city to earn paid sick days. To round things out, I am now passing along an op-ed I co-authored with Lonnie Golden, a professor of economics and labor studies at Penn...

A Pepsi Experiment: Providing Critical Information to Community Leaders

June 7, 2011
The Institute for Women's Policy Research is venturing into new territory. IWPR has been selected to compete in the Pepsi Refresh Project , a voter-driven contest that could win IWPR $25,000 for raising awareness on the status of women. With previous grants going to projects that build playgrounds...
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Paid Sick Days Can Help Make Philadelphia a High Road City of Opportunity

June 1, 2011
Last week, I wrote that when you look at the positive benefits and the low costs of Philadelphia’s proposed paid sick days legislation, it could end up paying for itself. As I wrote that, I could almost hear a collective gasp from neoclassical economists: “If it paid for itself, employers would...

Rooting for Passage of Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia

May 27, 2011
Every night a second grade teacher washes the top cover of her reading couch because some child has had to come to class with the flu rather than staying home alone. A principal describes the number of high school students who miss school to stay home with a younger sibling because a parent can’t...
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Using NFIB Economist’s Estimates on Paid Sick Days: It’s Not Cricket

May 26, 2011
As a kid living near Manchester in the north of England, my first love was cricket. The sport (it is a sport) comes up nowadays when I use the phrase “it’s not cricket” — as in, it’s not acceptable, it’s not done. In a report circulated to Philadelphia City Council and the media (but not online...

CT State Senate voted to pass the paid sick days bill this evening: Your action needed!

May 26, 2011
Good news! The Connecticut State Senate voted to pass the paid sick days bill this evening – and the bill passed by *one* vote! The calls, letters, and emails from MomsRising members and others paid off. In fact, Senator Ed Meyer referred to his 2000 letters and emails in support of paid sick days...
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Philadelphia Paid Sick Days Law Would Allow Workers to Take Care of Their Chronic Conditions

May 25, 2011
In Philadelphia, there’s a disconnect between public health initiatives and access to care. The reason? Lack of paid time off to get to the doctor to care for chronic conditions. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded approximately $22.54...
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It’s time now for workers to be able to earn paid sick days in Philly and across the country

May 25, 2011
Millions of Americans working without paid sick days face the impossible choice between caring for their health and that of their family, and keeping their paycheck or job. At a time when many families are worried about their financial security, the threat of losing a job or needed wages forces...
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Philadelphians deserve right to time off when sick

May 25, 2011
Philadelphians are working hard to support their families, and it’s not easy as expenses go up while their wages stay the same. Stretched to the limit and unable to put money aside for emergencies, many Philadelphians are faced with the decision to go to work sick. Last year my nephew Zachary got...

Apocalypse Never: Earned Sick Days Provide Benefit, Not Doom

May 25, 2011
The Philadelphia paid sick leave bill faces determined opposition from the city’s business lobbies. The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce predicts doom every step of the way, prophesying mass job losses, shuttered businesses, and slashed benefits. Sound familiar? It should. Business groups routinely...

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