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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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5 Things Employers Should Know about Breastfeeding

August 11, 2010
Under health care reform, all employers are required by law to accommodate the needs of breastfeeding employees. But ignorance about breastfeeding still prevails in the workplace. Here are the basics that every employer should know. Please send it to your boss, your HR director, and anyone who is in a position to support women breastfeeding when they return to work.
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Paid Sick Days: a social justice and public health policy approach to reducing health disparities

August 10, 2010
A public health approach to reducing health disparities across economic lines involves looking for “upstream solutions.” By walking upstream and understanding why people are falling in the river in the first place, we can be more effective in saving lives than by focusing all our resources on pulling the drowning people out of the river downstream. Applying this “upstream” approach to the public’s health should involve examining social structures and policies that encourage or discourage individuals in complying with scientifically-based disease prevention guidelines. And one of the most...
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The Benefits of Paid Sick Days are Understated

August 8, 2010
IWPR estimated the costs and benefits of paid sick days legislation currently under consideration in New York City. The analysis found the legislation would save around $11m annually due to a reduction in the spread of seasonal flu. That isn’t exactly chickenfeed for most New Yorkers, but the public health benefits associated with paid sick days are likely much higher. Let’s start with the H1N1 pandemic. According to the CDC, around 61 million Americanswere infected by H1N1 during the last year, and 274,000 individuals had to be hospitalized due to the outbreak. We estimate that during the...
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Paid Sick Days: Thank you for Sharing your Stories!

August 7, 2010
Last week, MomsRising Campaign Director Donna Norton personally delivered to me a moving collection of stories from MomsRising members about the need for paid sick days. We discussed stories from Connecticut MomsRising members including: A single mom who works in childcare and only has three days of paid sick days to use to take care of herself and her young children when they are sick. As a result, she is forced to choose between paying the rent and having enough food in the house A mom who works in a hospital who has received final warnings from her employer for taking too many days off...

Paid sick days are a necessity

August 6, 2010
I am deeply touched and inspired by the stories submitted by Illinois residents regarding the need to ensure that all workers have access to paid sick leave. I could not agree more with the MomsRising Member who wrote, 'paid sick days are not a choice - they are a necessity.' Paid sick leave not only allows families to make medical decisions without concern for losing time on the job, it also gives much needed peace of mind to parents who already have so much to worry about. I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Healthy Families Act which addresses this serious public and family...
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Calling in Sick: Americans out of luck

August 6, 2010
Every mom knows the feeling of your stomach falling when you get a call at work that your child is sick. You’ve got to drop everything. The only worry in your mind is rushing to care for your child. The last thing you want to worry about is whether you will be reprimanded, lose pay, or even be fired for leaving work. Sadly, in America, this is a worry many families bear. Many in the American workforce know they can still pay their rent or utility bill if they call in sick, but for people living paycheck to paycheck, sometimes that isn’t an option. Not only do they lose a day’s pay, some...
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