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Take a sled to the polls, Massachusetts!

January 19, 2010
Braving the snow to vote in Massachusetts? Tell us about it!

Paid Leave for the US

December 18, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ I've written here before about Jody Heymann's work in Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth that We Can't Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone . The only reason we don't have paid leave in this country as a basic minimum standard is because we have not yet insisted upon it. Here is Jody making the case as it appeared in a blog she wrote for the Washington Post . For author Jody Heymann's radio interview about paid leave and good workplace policy, click here . Listen to...
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Wal-Mart's sick sick days policy

December 13, 2009
If you shop at Wal-Mart to finish up that last bit of holiday shopping this week, you may be coming home with more than a good deal--you might be exposed to contagious illnesses like colds and the flu.

Can the US Afford Paid Leave? YES!

November 27, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog When the subject of paid leave comes up, someone will say: "Oh, no, we could never pay for that, it would be too expensive!!" It's the Voice of Doom, and I hear it frequently. So often repeated, I know it by heart. It will destroy small businesses. It would push taxes over the cliff. The government is already too far in the red. So, while everyone agrees in theory that maternity leave, paternity leave, sick leave for yourself or to care for an ill family member, school leave, and breastfeeding breaks at work might possibly be a good thing, the conversation...
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Cleopatra Isn’t the Only Queen of Denial

November 24, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog While you’re lying there, semi-conscious, a human petri dish of contagion, consider this: There’s nothing like a pandemic to highlight the holes in a nation’s public health policy. I am committed to getting women, family careworkers, and paid careworkers the credit they deserve. It didn’t happen during the mythic time when women were idolized for their cake decoration or wizardry with the vacuum sweeper (and contentedly economically dependent). It hasn’t happened – yet – in recent decades as women have marched in growing numbers to work. It still hasn’t...
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The Senate, the Swine Flu, and Sick Days

November 11, 2009
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog The President, the Center for Disease Control, your doctor, and your child's teacher are telling you to stay home, or keep your child home, when the body aches, the head pounds, and the fever rages. Fine. But how can you do that if you don't have any paid sick days? This was the question at the center of a hearing before a U.S Senate subcommittee yesterday, as the impact of the current pandemic was considered, and how a ‘paid sick days’ policy could mitigate the damage of the next one. So, what can you do with no sick days? A: You drag yourself to work, keep...
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MomsRising member testifies in the Senate!

November 10, 2009
MomsRising member Desiree with Senator Dodd before the hearing. Today a hearing on H1N1 and the need for paid sick days was held in the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. Currently, 57 million working people across the United States who do not have paid sick leave and are forced to go without pay if they or any of their children are sick. This is a serious problem for public health officials, who are trying to contain H1N1. Connecticut MomsRising Member Desiree Rosado was there to testify on behalf of MomsRising, and...

Mass Mamas tell legislators why we need paid sick days now!!

October 7, 2009
Myself and about 20 other Moms Rising members and kids packed the room with supporters of the bill. Our kid’s fell asleep in the aisles listening to all the suits talk, they snacked away through lovely speeches in support of the bill from Rep Kay Khan and Ellen Story, and even made a couple security guards snicker!

Moms at the MA State House today!

October 7, 2009
This is it! Today is the big day - there is a hearing in the Massachusetts State Legislature to talk about the Paid Sick Days bill. YEAH! And the MomsRising community is a big part of the action - we're delivering written copies of the stories moms have sent us about their experiences with paid sick days (or the lack thereof), and filling the hearing room with moms and kids from all over the state. We'll even have a MomsRising member testify during the hearing with her personal story about needing paid sick days. You can be a part of the action, too. Make a difference right now on the outcome...

Paid sick days help vulnerable families

October 6, 2009
I heard the wonderful Dr. Barbara Ferrer speak on Boston’s NPR station about the recent study conducted after this spring’s influenza/H1N1 outbreak. She was asked to comment on the fact that H1N1 had disproportionately affected blacks and Latinos in the Boston metro area and why this may be. Three-quarters of those infected with swine flu in Mass are Black or Latino. One of the main reasons she gave was that people can’t stay home when they are sick because of lack of paid sick leave. NPR also commented that Mayor Meninno is asking businesses to “let workers stay home.” As a low income mother...