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

Vicki Shabo | September 9, 2013

Less than two weeks into this year, we have already celebrated a new paid sick days law in Portland, Ore., and a major victory in the effort to expand D.C.’s existing paid sick days law to cover tipped workers.
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A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | August 30, 2013

Labor Day is a time to pay tribute to the enormous contributions of working people in this country. It is also a time for those of us who seek fairness and equality for all workers to consider how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go.
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Today, the Rhode Island legislature became the third in the nation to pass a law that guarantees workers paid time off to care for seriously ill family members and new children.
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Early this morning, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days — taking a significant step forward for the country in giving workers this fundamental and common sense right.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott handed the organized business lobby a victory today, and the losers are workers, local governments and the fundamental principle of democracy in Florida.
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Today, despite the tremendous benefits paid sick days would have for the city’s working families, businesses, economy and public health, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the paid sick days bill passed by the City Council last month.
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Momentum Sparks New Campaigns, More Progress

Vicki Shabo | May 23, 2013

The success and progress of paid sick days campaigns in Portland, Ore., and New York City have added to the momentum around this common sense policy and sparked new campaigns and progress in other states and cities.
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Last month, I wrote about a disturbing trend: States are passing “preemption” laws that prohibit a growing number of cities and counties from adopting their own paid sick days standards.
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In a major victory in the effort to increase access to paid sick days, the New York City Council has passed a measure that would guarantee approximately one million workers the right to earn the paid sick time they need.
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Sad Day for Floridians

Debra L. Ness | May 3, 2013

Floridians are the latest state residents to fall victim to an underhanded and harmful effort to undermine democracy across the country.
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The Time is Now for Federal Action on Paid Sick Days

Debra L. Ness | April 24, 2013

Susan, a single mother in Missouri, has a 10-year-old son who has pneumonia. She wants to stay home and care for him, but she cannot because her boss refuses to let her take the day off and she is terrified that, if she misses work, she will lose her job.
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From Vermont and New York City to Washington state, momentum and support for paid sick days policies are high.
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Paid Sick Days Bill Passes in Portland!

National Partnership Staff | March 13, 2013

Just moments ago, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that will let tens of thousands of workers in Portland earn the paid sick days they need.
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