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Paid Sick Days

Sick from Child Care?

March 11, 2010
When Ashley's son started going to child care, he started bringing home more than macaroni art and cute little scribble pictures. He also brought home colds, the flu, pink eye, and a weird unidentifiable rash -- all things that meant Ashley needed to miss work to care for him. "I didn't realize...

Time to Stop Free-Riding on Families

February 10, 2010
For generations, our country has been free-riding on families. Our economy is built on the invisible and free labor of millions--many of them women--who provide essential care to their families, whether it is the education and socialization of the next generation of workers or the comfort and care...
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Wake Up! This Is the Reality of Work/Life for American Families

January 21, 2010
We work long hours. We work multiple jobs. We can barely afford healthcare, or we’re doing without. We’re stitching together childcare, or we’re sending our kids to school with H1N1. We exert ourselves to be good spouses, sons and daughters, parents, members of our community, friends - in snatched...
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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 @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org 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...
Valerie Young's picture

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...
Valerie Young's picture

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...
Valerie Young's picture

Survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault need paid sick days

November 14, 2009
Domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault pose a great risk to far too many Americans--and the numbers of victims are increasing, not decreasing. A minimum standard of paid sick days, or "paid safe days," would provide victims with job-guaranteed paid time off when they need it most--to leave...
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Paid Sick Days in New York City

November 14, 2009
Recently, the New York Times ran a compelling article about the vast numbers of American workers lacking paid sick days, and how critical paid sick days are in putting the breaks on the H1N1 epidemic. We have to act fast--the time for paid sick days in NYC is now! We can't do it without your help,...
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