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NYC Paid Sick Leave rally draws crowds, opposition and Gloria Steinem

August 26, 2010
A crowded rally was held Tuesday on the steps of City Hall in support of a paid sick leave bill currently pending before the City Council . The pending legislation was introduced in August by Councilwoman, Gale Brewer. The rally, scheduled to begin at 12 noon, drew such a crowd that by 12:15 security guards were turning people away at the gates in front of City Hall. One famous supporter of the bill, Gloria Steinem, addressed the crowd: Our great five boroughs are way behind every modern democracy . . . in having no paid sick leave. Women are asking Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn...

Imagining a World With #PaidSickDays

August 26, 2010
There are many areas of life in this country where it appears that we live in two worlds. And that’s no different when we consider paid sick days. In the first world, if you’re sick, you stay home from work, take care of yourself, and have the time to get better. In the second world, if you’re sick, you go to work anyway. In the second world, you go to work, even when your child is sick. You know that if you stay home, you’ll lose pay -- or maybe even your job. As we approach Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, the day that marks the 90th anniversary of women’s right to vote, it’s troubling that...
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No Reason to Wait on Paid Sick Leave

August 26, 2010
Despite having a veto-proof number of supporters in the City Council, a bill that would guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick leave is being stalled by the business community. This is not particularly surprising, given that businesses have generally fought against raising workplace standards throughout our history. Not surprising, perhaps, but frustrating given the vast field of research that shows paid sick leave does not negatively impact businesses (in fact, there are concrete benefits for businesses). Even more frustrating is that New York City’s bill, which has the overwhelming...

Latest news and plans for the NYC #paidsickdays campaign

August 26, 2010
In the spring of 2007 the NYS Paid Leave Coalition and A Better Balance began meeting with Speaker Christine Quinn’s staff to determine if the City Council had the authority to establish a law to require private sector employers to provide paid sick days to their employees. After the initial meetings when it became evident this was a task for the lawyers, Sherry Leiwant championed the cause for the advocates by researching all questions and knocking down every obstacle the Speaker’s lawyers put before her. The city lawyers dragged out this process for a year and a half until they reluctantly...

Why should you care about mandatory #paidsickleave?

August 26, 2010
It is estimated that about one-half of full-time private sector American workers do not have paid sick leave benefits. If you are in the other one-half that do, congratulations . . . to you and your employer. However, it might interest you to know that your favorite restaurant employee, retail clerk and the employee caring for your elderly parent at the assisted living facility probably do not have such benefits. In other words, these workers have every incentive to come to work, prepare and serve your food, handle your merchandise and care for your elderly parent, even while sick...

Working to Improve the Workplace so Workers Can Care for Their Families

August 26, 2010
My name is Sherry Leiwant and I am Executive Director of A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center. We are a legal advocacy organization working to improve the workplace so that workers can care for their families without sacrificing their economic security and we have focused heavily on paid leave as an important issue for women and families. Paid sick days is a national movement that began with the realization that there are millions of workers in the US who lack even one single day they can take off from work if they or a family member is sick. This is a worker’s rights issue, a...
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A Paid Sick Days Wake Up Call

August 26, 2010
My 90 year-old mother used to tell me that moms are only allowed to be sick for one day – after that they have to get back to taking care of everyone else. Too bad that the nasty germs don’t always pay attention to the one-day rule. And to make matters tougher, nowadays, taking care of everyone else doesn’t just include the kids, it more often than not includes taking care of business at work. That’s why working moms in New York City are uniting on the front lines of the legislative battle to win the right to earn paid sick time on their jobs. Huh? Doesn’t everyone already get paid sick leave...

Why We Need #PaidSickDays: Stories From NY Parents

August 26, 2010
Over the last few months, we've been asking MomsRising members to send us their personal stories about the need for paid sick days and the response has been overwhelming. Members from every state have shared their stories, demonstrating the indisputable truth that lack of a rational paid sick day policy impacts each and every one of us. And a recent poll demonstrates that over 75 percent of the public supports paid sick days. [1] But polls don't reveal the personal stories behind that strong support, the stories which provide the commonsense and economic reasons for supporting paid sick days...
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Speaker Quinn, NYC Needs Paid Sick Days Now!

August 26, 2010
Welcome to the MomsRising blog carnival on paid sick days for New York City! We've partnered with A Better Balance and the New York State Paid Leave Coalition to host a New York-based social media conversation (via this blog carnival and a Twitter party using #paidsickdays) focused on the urgent healthcare and public health issue: the need among New York's families for paid sick days. The goal is to get the word out about the need for paid sick days--and ultimately to bring this issue to a vote before the NYC Council. This online action will correspond to New York City's Women's Equality Day...
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Sen. Tom Harkin: Paid sick days stories "incredibly compelling"

August 18, 2010
On July 28th, MomsRising’s campaign director, Donna Norton, presented me with a collection of stories from MomsRising members in Iowa and across the country about the need for paid sick days. These stories are incredibly compelling. Donna presents Sen. Harkin the MomsRising members' PSD book I was particularly concerned by the story of an Iowa MomsRising member who works at a hospital that does not offer paid sick days. As a result, many workers are forced to come to work at the hospital when they are sick because they can’t afford to lose a day’s pay or put their jobs in jeopardy. This is...
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