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An Invitation to California MomsRising Members

January 4, 2011
Across the country, the New Year means new beginnings. Here in the Golden State our former and just-sworn-in Governor Jerry Brown will bring creative and sometimes austere approaches to tackle an estimated deficit of over $25 billion . For those of us who care about health care and the social services that comprise our safety net, being prepared with our policy priorities and strategies is more important than ever. Next week, on Wednesday, January 12, many of the state’s leading health, social service and workplace advocates will come together at the California Working Families Policy Summit...

For Moms & Moms-to-be the Personal Is Political

December 30, 2010
Cross posted from the Young Women's Leadership Program Blog: Words of Wisdom from Worldly Young Women As I scrolled through my newsfeed on my Facebook page this week I came across a posting written by a friend who has two young children that read, “I make $4.26 a week after daycare. Oh, the joys of parenthood.” My immediate reaction and my subsequent comment on her post read, “No, more like: Oh the joys of a society that says it values family but then doesn’t give us paid maternity leave and doesn’t create more affordable childcare options!” Ever since reading the Motherhood Manifesto (read...
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Meet me in Hartford to Stand Up for CT Families!

December 29, 2010
Can you meet on Wednesday, January 5 at the state capitol in Hartford (in the first floor rotunda) at 11am? Hope you can come! (And feel free to bring friends and kids too). Why? Because we need to make sure that every legislator in Hartford knows that paid sick days are a priority for Connecticut families and that we expect them to pass the paid sick days bill this year. So we’re going to Hartford on the first day of the legislative session to hand deliver a “hand-sanitizer-o-gram” - your personal stories about the need for paid sick days along with a bottle of custom printed hand sanitizer...
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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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Economic Might Makes Right? NY City Council's Moral Choice

November 29, 2010
This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post When explaining her reasons for killing paid sick leave legislation earlier this year, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said that the economic costs associated with the bill would be too great. The bill's opponents--including Mayor Bloomberg--agreed that guaranteeing every worker the right to earn paid sick leave was the right thing to do, but the bill ultimately lived or died by its perceived economic impact. The city's leading big-business lobbyists estimated how much the bill would cost businesses based on the results of an...

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