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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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Too Bad Mayor Bloomberg Was Never A Working Mother

October 14, 2010
Last week, Mayor Bloomberg issued a press release advising people who get sick this season to stay home for at least 24 hours. He makes it sound so easy. Of course, Mayor Bloomberg has paid sick days. So, it’s hard for him to understand how the other half lives. The other half being the nearly 50% of New Yorkers who lack a single paid sick day. According to a recent report released by Community Service Society and A Better Balance , entitled Sick in the City: What the Lack of Paid Leave Means for Working New Yorkers , the number of workers without paid sick leave jumped from 42% in 2008 to 48...

A Race Between Philly and NYC on Paid Sick Leave?

October 13, 2010
As New York continues to waver on enacting overwhelmingly popular legislation that would guarantee working people the right to earn paid sick time, other cities are catching up fast. Consider Philadelphia, where I had the opportunity to attend an event on earned paid sick leave yesterday. Spurred by advocates from PathWays PA , Women's Way and other members of the Pennsylvania-based Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces policymakers in the City of Brotherly Love are considering their own legislation based on San Francisco's highly successful paid sick leave guarantee In a recent study...

Boat is Sinking for Opponents of Paid Sick Days – Quinn Should Bail Out Now

October 7, 2010
The case against a proposed law requiring paid sick days in New York City is falling apart. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn should change her current course, embrace the bill as her own, and move forward aggressively before further delays and equivocation cost her politically. Far from bolstering the case against the bill, a survey by business groups released last week contradicts testimony they provided before the City Council just a few months ago and casts the case of the opposition in doubt. Speaker Quinn is using an inordinate amount of political capital to delay a vote on paid sick...

Changing the World One Mother at a Time

September 20, 2010
I am a mother. I am lots of other things but as society continues to discount and undervalue this role, it is easy to get frustrated and not claim it as loudly as I should. The world talks about how important mothers are. Yet often mothers are the last ones on the list to be asked for their opinion about the issues that affect them. The blogging and social media revolution is turning that around as the mothers who blog morph into a powerful global force. I have been privileged to be asked by the UN Foundation to participate in a conversation we have called, "Changing the World, One Mother At...

Work-Family Policies Must Include Grandparents

September 12, 2010
Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together—yet our workplace laws don’t honor their critical role. Grandparents play a more vital role than ever in building strong families and caring for our nation’s children. In addition to providing emotional and financial support, millions of grandparents act as primary caregivers for their grandchildren — a number that has increased since the start of the recession. And millions of younger workers care for aging or ill grandparents. Grandparents and grandchildren need workplace policies that help them meet their work and family...

Be careful not to sit on the fence with paid sick days

August 26, 2010
Council Speaker Quinn’s measured approach to paid sick days is wearing thin to the point of transparency, and it may well cost her politically. By holding up a vote until opponents of the bill can produce a piece of unsound research, Quinn is showing too much concern for the sentiments of a constituency that doesn’t have a leg to stand on in the debate: the city’s powerful and well-heeled business groups, such as the Partnership for New York City and the five boroughs’ Chambers of Commerce. Speaker Quinn should be careful about going out of her way not to offend those interests on this issue...

Campaign for Paid Sick Time in New York City marches on

August 26, 2010
Councilwoman Gale Brewer introduced a groundbreaking bill last year intended to provide mandatory paid sick leave to New York City workers. In response to concerns put forth by the business community, a newly revised version of the bill was introduced on March 25, 2010. The new 2010 version of the bill is co-sponsored by 35 (out of 51) Councilmembers. Like its predecessor, the 2010 version of the bill would allow workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every thirty hours worked - up to 9 sick days per year (up to 5 sick days per year for small business employees.) However, the new version...