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82 Percent of Chicago Voters Call for Paid Sick Days

Christine Sloane | February 27, 2015

This week’s election in Chicago generated much attention due to its impact on the iconic city’s future leaders. But voters were also faced with a ballot question critical to more than 460,000 workers and the overall health and well-being of the city.

Progress in the nationwide effort to increase access to paid sick days continued at the federal and local levels last week. On Thursday, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Healthy Families Act and the Philadelphia City Council approved a hard-won paid sick days ordinance that Mayor Nutter promptly signed into law.

Washington Starts the Year Strong

Christine Sloane | January 30, 2015

In Washington state, January has been a good month for workers and advocates pushing for family friendly workplace policies. On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council approved a paid sick days ordinance, making it the first city to do so in 2015, and the first jurisdiction to follow President Obama's recent call for action the issue. And just yesterday, a statewide proposal (HB 1356) that would guarantee at least one million workers the right to earn paid sick days passed out of the House Labor Committee.

Strong Support for Paid Sick Days Continues

Debra L. Ness | July 29, 2014

Yesterday brought further evidence of strong support for paid sick days when city councils in San Diego, Calif., and Eugene, Ore., passed ordinances that would guarantee workers access to this basic workplace protection. If the bills become law, it would mean that an additional 300,000+ workers gain the right to take up to five paid sick days a year. But the future of both bills is uncertain.

We’ve long been aware of the disparities in access to paid sick days in this country. This week, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released a new analysis that provides a clear and up-to-date picture of just how stark the differences are — across ethnicity, occupation, wages and hours worked. The findings confirm that a national paid sick days standard is badly needed.

Coast-to-Coast Paid Sick Days Momentum in 2014

Vicki Shabo | February 26, 2014

Less than two months into the year, remarkable support for and momentum around paid sick days policies are building from coast to coast.

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Debra L. Ness | January 28, 2014

Today, the Newark City Council built on the strong momentum we have seen around paid sick days already in 2014 by passing a paid sick days standard for New Jersey’s largest city.

Good News for New Jersey's Working Families

Debra L. Ness | January 27, 2014

New Jersey became a little more family friendly last week.

A Major Victory for D.C.

Debra L. Ness | January 8, 2014

D.C. Mayor Gray signed a measure to expand the District’s paid sick days law to cover an additional 20,000 tipped restaurant and bar workers.

A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

Debra L. Ness | January 2, 2014

From paid sick days and paid leave victories to the introduction of the FAMILY Act, 2013 was a year of great progress for America’s working families. And 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start.

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Debra L. Ness | December 18, 2013

Tonight, the City Council in Newark, New Jersey, built on the great momentum we’ve seen around common sense paid sick days policies this year by passing its own standard.

D.C. Poised to Strengthen Paid Sick Days Law

Debra L. Ness | December 17, 2013

It’s a good day for D.C. Today, the City Council voted unanimously to strengthen the District’s paid sick days law to cover more workers.

New Map: The Preemption Trend Continues

Vicki Shabo | November 22, 2013

Support for paid sick days continues to grow. Meanwhile, opponents continue trying to thwart paid sick days efforts through "preemption" legislation.

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Judith L. Lichtman | October 30, 2013

Jersey City just became the first city in the Garden State with a paid sick days law. Now, the Newark City Council has taken a critical step toward doing the same in the state’s largest city.

It's Official: Jersey City Will Guarantee Paid Sick Days

Judith L. Lichtman | October 21, 2013

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed the nation’s seventh paid sick days law, securing the city’s position as a leader for working families and bringing us closer to the day all workers have the right to earn sick days.

The Jersey City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure to guarantee workers can earn sick days, demonstrating its commitment to the city and its residents.

One Year Later: A Stronger Seattle

Vicki Shabo | September 23, 2013

Seattle’s paid sick days law was signed two years ago today, and a new report reveals some great news about the strength of the city’s job market and its businesses since the law took effect one year ago.

Time to Strengthen D.C.'s Paid Sick Days Law

Vicki Shabo | September 17, 2013

The D.C. City Council made history in 2008 when it passed the nation’s second paid sick days law. Today, the Council has a chance to build on the law’s unqualified success and help realize its full promise.

Jersey City Takes a Great Step Toward a Sick Days Standard

Debra L. Ness | September 11, 2013

Members of the City Council in Jersey City, New Jersey, have taken an exciting step toward guaranteeing all workers in the city have the right to earn sick days. This is great news for the city, the state and paid sick days efforts across the country.

Campaigns Heat Up, Progress Continues

National Partnership Staff | September 9, 2013

Summer may be coming to an end, but some efforts to advance paid sick days standards across the country are just starting to heat up.

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