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March 12, 2010
About the Campaign: We're thrilled to be working on Paid Family Leave with MomsRising members and our partners in Oregon. On April 8, 2009, we had an awesome kick off at the Capitol to introduce the Paid Family Leave bill. The event included a press conference featuring Sandwich Mom (a mom in wacky sandwich costume, symbolizing the way moms are sandwiched between competing responsibilities to work and home), personal deliveries of PB&J sandwiches and member messages to every single Oregon State Senator, and an amazing hearing where the support for the bill was overwhelming. The grassroots...
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, however. Read on to learn more about bringing paid sick days to the Big Apple: Why bring paid sick days to New York City? Over one million workers in New York City lack a single paid sick day to take care of their own health, care for an ill or disabled family member, or access domestic violence...
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 a violent situation or access crucial recovery services without risking losing their livelihoods. Read on to find out more about why paid sick days are critical for victims of domestic and sexual violence: Did you know? • US domestic violence and sexual assault cases are prevalent, and increasing An...
August 15, 2009
What is the Healthy Families Act (HFA)? Currently, no state or federal law guarantees paid sick days—although paid sick days campaigns in over a dozen states across the country are mobilizing in support of this basic workplace standard. The federal Healthy Families Act (S 1152/HR 2460) would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year to recover from short-term illness, care for a sick family member, attend medical appointments, or seek assistance for a domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault issue. Why is the Healthy Families Act so important? Nearly half (48%) of private...
May 28, 2009
What do you get when you turn WOW upside down? MOM! And here's another wow: MomsRising is now over a million moms strong, and we're thinking big this year about how to harness all this power and activism -- but we need your help! Tell us here what you imagine 1 million moms can accomplish together! It can be funny, political, heart-warming--whatever you think of! Share your vision with us for what a million moms can do by scrolling down and leaving a comment below. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1 million moms could make ten million PB&J sandwiches in less than 20 minutes. 1...
April 30, 2009
The reports keep coming in about swine flu. Schools, child care centers, workplaces, and it seems like just about everyone has a plan for dealing with outbreak --you've probably received memos about it too. And everyone has the same advice for preventing the spread of Swine Flu: if you or anyone in your family has symptoms, stay home.
April 27, 2009
The news over the weekend was scary -- outbreaks of a potentially pandemic flu virus, called the "swine flu" are being reported all over the world, including in the U.S. As of this morning there have been only 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S., and none of them have been fatal.
February 19, 2009
We had a great event in Boston at the MA State House last week supporting paid sick days, thanks to MomsRising members' work and donations, and the wonderful work of our coalition partners in Massachusetts. Together, we got a lot done in just one day!
February 5, 2009
Last week, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act -- his first new law as president, and a bill long championed by Connecticut's own Rosa DeLauro. In his speech to mark the occasion , he drew a direct connection between supporting fair pay practices, and the economic security of our country:
January 22, 2009
We're so close to passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that we're already cooling the champagne. But (and this is a pretty big "but") there are some potentially big glitches that could happen today on the Senate floor and we need your help to stop them.
November 13, 2008
Did you know? • Nearly half of North Carolina workers, 1.6 million people, lack a single paid sick day . • 64% of all North Carolina married families with children send both spouses to work. • Research by the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows that providing workers with paid sick days allows the ill to recover more quickly, lowers health care costs for the workers and the employer, reduces employee absences, improves retention and increases productivity. • Nationally, Working women are particularly disadvantaged by the lack of paid sick days to care for family members. Almost half (...
November 6, 2008
Woo hooo!!! The Paid Sick Days Ballot Initiative in Milwaukee, WI won in a landslide victory on Tuesday, with the approval of 68% of voters. This is a huge win for the citizens of Milwaukee, who will now be able to earn paid sick days when this law goes into effect.
September 24, 2008
NEWS RELEASE: For press contact see www.momsrising.org/press Governor Sarah Palin’s Office Refuses to Accept Letter from America’s Moms MomsRising.org Attempts to Deliver Letter Asking Governor’s Positions on Family-Friendly Issues See pictures of the attempted delivery here
September 20, 2008
Moms across Washington State are walking their blocs today to help make sure friends and neighbors are registered to vote. This simple and fun activity is a little thing that can make a big difference. Did you know nearly 1 in 12 women in America aren't registered to vote? And, the best way to get people to register, and vote, is to ask them!
September 20, 2008
Our work to bring paid sick days to Washington DC is just getting started! So far, our 4,880 members in the Washington, DC area sent in over 3400 letters to the DC City Council. We've teamed up with the DC Paid Sick and Safe Days Coalition, led by the DC Employment Justice Center, to get the word out about the importance of paid sick days in Washington DC. Sign up with MomsRising.org today to receive updates about the campaign! Learn more about our paid sick days work here .
September 9, 2008
We're making great progress in the fight for paid sick days in Connecticut. Join our efforts today to ensure paid sick days for all becomes a reality in Connecticut. Why bring paid sick days to Connecticut? • Roughly 44% of working people in Connecticut don't get a single paid sick day all year long (1). Among low wage workers, that figure rises to more than 75%. • Only 20% of food service workers have sick days. Childcare, retail, and nursing workers are also less likely to have paid sick days • Connecticut workers deserve the opportunity to earn a minimum standard of paid sick days to take...
September 3, 2008
This afternoon, the Power of ONEsie will be unleashed on the Republican Convention in St. Paul. Along with dozens of MomsRising members, we'll unpack the two suitcases that carry this powerful display, we'll don our beautiful sashes, and we'll make hand-drawn signs calling on politicians, pundits, and the media to wake up to the realities of American families today.
July 9, 2008
Right now, almost half of all workers in Illinois don't have a single paid sick day. Too many Americans are forced to go to work sick, to choose between taking time off to care for a sick child or losing a day's pay, or even end up losing their jobs when illness strikes. It's time to solve this problem and build the movement to bring paid sick days to Illinois! A paid sick days bill in Illinois would: - bring paid sick days to nearly 2.5 million workers - allow full time employees to earn up to 7 paid sick days per year - allow part-time workers to earn a prorated amount of paid sick days -...
June 17, 2008
This morning, MomsRising moms were in action in Washington, D.C. These brave MOMs -- wearing sashes saying "Magnificently Overqualified Mother" -- just delivered nearly 9,000 resumes to Senator John McCain in support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act .
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