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Healthy Workplaces Are Nothing to Sneeze At

December 21, 2010
Although millions of workers nationwide are struggling with reduced benefits and rising health care costs, a recent piece in USA Today revealed those at the top continue to receive top-notch health perks. At one company, executives receive $10,000 per illness for expenses not covered under the company’s standard plan. Executives and spouses at another company receive yearly Mayo Clinic exams on top of up to $50,000 for expenses. While there’s nothing new about CEOs having more perks than the rank and file, the article exposes the extent to which those at the top continue to get better health...
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NYC Speaker Chris Quinn needs a human alarm clock!

December 15, 2010
When New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn walked out of negotiations on the paid sick days bill in October she promised to review her position every two months. [1] Well, today is the two month mark and it’s time for the human alarm clock to ring! Remind NYC Council Speaker Quinn that over 1 million New Yorkers still need paid sick days! Speaker Quinn needs to hear that the over 1 million New Yorkers who aren't able to earn even a single paid sick day are still waiting. That number includes many working moms struggling to hold onto their jobs, pay the bills and care for their kids...
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Paid sick days for Connecticut families – the gift to get!

December 15, 2010
It’s the season of giving – and if you’re like me and haven’t started your holiday shopping, we’ve got the perfect gift suggestion for you: Paid sick days for all our friends and family in Connecticut! Paid sick days - a gift all CT families can use! Because Governor-elect Dan Malloy not only supports paid sick days, but campaigned on the issue, we’ve got the best chance ever of making this dream a reality in 2011. But we can’t do it without you! Legislators are coming back to Hartford in January and they need to know why paid sick days are a priority for Connecticut parents and families...
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The Real Meaning of A Christmas Carol

December 14, 2010
I've been thinking over at Raising Generation O lately about the Christmas Spirit. About giving , and teaching children about gratitude and charity, but also about fairness, justice, equity--and how these relate to the season's spirit. At the end of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Caro l (the real, unabridged, print version)--spoiler alert--Tiny Tim doesn't walk. The real miracle is that Scrooge's heart is changed. And in fact, Scrooge's spiritual transformation may be more profound and significantly more complicated than the pat miracle that appears at the end of some dramatic versions of the...

Quick Poll: Do You Have a "Hospital Fantasy"?

December 6, 2010
It all started a few months ago when a friend of mine made a confession: Sometimes she fantasizes about getting into a minor car accident so that she'll have to go to the hospital for a few days. My friend doesn't have a death wish, she's just so stressed out working and taking care of her kids that a hospital visit sounds tantalizingly restful.
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Paid Sick Days: Washington, D.C.

December 2, 2010
The movement to enact paid sick days laws is gaining momentum and implementation in some cities is providing helpful insights. Washington, D.C. is one of them. To educate advocates and the public about D.C.’s law, CLASP has launched a new webpage for information and resources specific to D.C. In 2008, Washington D.C. passed a paid sick days law, the D.C. Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act. The law means D.C. is one of only two places in the country that workers do not have to fear lost wages or their jobs if they or a family member have the flu or other short-term illness, or are the victim of...
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Live from the House, it’s Nancy Pelosi!

October 31, 2010
Recently, Speaker Nancy Pelosi participated in a Tweetchat organized by MomsRising. The questions poured in from a diverse group of participants. Dozens of individuals, bloggers, organizations, media and even a fellow legislator (Rep. Rosa Delauro) joined in to chat about everything from the latest legislation impacting moms and families to secrets from the Congressional restroom. Quick media coverage of the tweetchat came from The Hill, a DC paper, which posted this article with some fun and informative highlights minutes after the tweetchat ended. Here’s a sample of the back and forth:...
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Majority of Voters Support Workplace Flexibility, Job Quality and Family Support Policies

October 29, 2010
by Robert Drago and Jeffrey Hayes New data collected for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) by Precision Opinion finds widespread support across party lines, gender, race and ethnicity for policies that will assist working families and protect workers’ rights, especially for low income workers. The majority of registered voters favor political candidates who will promote policies that increase workplace protections from unfair treatment, and provide paid leave and flexibility to meet family care giving demands—and women consistently show greater support than men. “To excite...
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Support Paid Sick Days When You Eat Out

October 22, 2010
Imagine going to work with the flu. How about having a toddler with an ear infection? When a child in Washington, D.C. gets sick, she may not make it to a doctor if her parent is a waiter or a waitress. It isn’t because the parent is neglectful. Despite a paid sick days law passed two years ago in the District of Columbia, tipped restaurant employees are not afforded paid time off when they are sick or when they need to care for a sick family member. This means many families are in the tough position of having to decide between a paycheck and seeking care when ill. Now residents of D.C. can...
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For Now.

October 15, 2010
We're outraged that, mere weeks before flu season starts, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced she won't support the New York City paid sick days bill, effectively "killing" it. For now. Why “for now?” Because we know how important paid sick days are to working moms and our families’ health and economic security and we won’t stop fighting when over 1 million New Yorkers have to choose between going to work sick or losing a day’s pay – and possibly their job – if they stay home sick or with a sick child. Send an email to Council Speaker Christine Quinn telling her know that she’s let...
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