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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...

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...
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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...
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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...
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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’...
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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%...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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