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Why North Carolina needs federal action on paid sick days

July 28, 2010
North Carolina workers aren’t alone in their desperate struggle to balance the competing demands of work and family. Half of North Carolina’s private sector workers— 1.6 million to be precise —lack a single paid sick day to care for themselves or a sick family member. Here is the great Tar Heel...

Paid Sick Days are Crucial for Direct Care Workers

July 28, 2010
Every day in the United States, more workers than many of us imagine face an impossible choice: go to work sick, or forgo a paycheck and risk job loss or workplace discipline. More than 40 million private sector workers in this country do not have access to even a single paid sick day. And when it...

Where Small Business Prospers

July 28, 2010
Here at the Maine Women’s Lobby, we’ve been researching family leave insurance for nearly ten years. It’s passed in three other states (California, Washington, and New Jersey), and many more are actively working on legislation. Right now, in Maine, when working families welcome a new baby or face a...

Why I Need Paid Sick Days

July 28, 2010
My name is Tasha West-Baker, I am 34 years old. I am a mother of three, my kids range in age from 15-10. I am a cashier at one of the largest grocery chains in the United States (Safeway); I have worked for this company for the past seven years, which in the grocery industry is a long time. Thanks...

Supporting Earned Sick Time is as Easy as 1-2-3: Public Health, Smart Business, and Economic Security

July 28, 2010
(Looking for a fourth reason? It’s good for you and your family.) We can all agree that when people are sick, the best place for them to be is home or in the hospital in order to get the care they need and prevent the spread of illness. But in Pennsylvania, 46 percent of all workers have no access...

In Talking About Paid Sick Days, The Bottom Line

July 28, 2010
In the advocacy world, talking points to support paid sick days have been developed to fit every constituency: To appeal to working parents, labor and women’s advocates, you might highlight the fact that paid sick days are a modern necessity in a society where many families have both parents in the...

Sick in the City: Paid Sick Time and a Healthy Business Climate

July 28, 2010
We need federal legislation like the Healthy Families Act to guarantee paid sick time to all working Americans. But it’s possible to make significant progress even when Congress is slow to act. States and cities across the nation can take action independently to ensure that their own residents can...

Need for Paid Sick Days Never Takes a Holiday

July 28, 2010
It’s summer -- a time for neighborhood barbeques, family road trips, lazy and hazy days. Summer fun is an American tradition, reminding us that we all occasionally need a break from the stresses and challenges of our lives. Summer is a perfect time to remind ourselves that low-wage working women...
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First They Ignore You...

July 28, 2010
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi It wasn’t long ago that paid sick days didn’t register even a blip on the political radar. Outside the offices of a few dedicated policy wonks, it was virtually a non-issue. The problem was already...

Even Supermoms Can't Fight All Germs: Personal and Political Stories for Paid Sick Days

July 28, 2010
Welcome to the MomsRising.org blog carnival on paid sick days! We've invited advocates, moms, and workers (and many contributers wear all three hats) to contribute their unique voices to this dynamic national conversation about the urgent need for for everyone to be able to earn paid sick days...
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