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Contagion: Not Just a Movie

Vicki Shabo | September 12, 2011

On the heels of the release of the new blockbuster Contagion — a frightening film about a global flu pandemic — our coalition partner Family Values @ Work has compiled real-life stories about how the flu and other illnesses can spread, particularly when more than 44 million workers in the United States have no paid sick days to use when they become ill or injured.
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Paid Sick Days Vital for Grandparents

Vicki Shabo | September 11, 2011

Grandparents provide a critical support system for families — especially in tough times. As caregivers and workers, they are the glue that holds many families together.
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Connecticut Poll: Paid Sick Days are a Voting Issue

Vicki Shabo | September 1, 2011

Connecticut recently became the first state to pass a law offering many workers the right to earn paid sick days.
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A Back to School Call to Action

Vicki Shabo | August 24, 2011

Fall can be a challenging time for any working parent. Summer is over. Kids are headed back to school — and flu season is around the corner.
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Denver, Seattle Make Headlines on Paid Sick Days

Vicki Shabo | August 12, 2011

Advocates throughout the country are keeping up the drumbeat for paid sick days this summer! Already this month, campaigns in Denver and Seattle have made exciting progress.
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The busy 2011 legislative season continues with paid sick days activity and excitement on both coasts and in the nation’s capital.
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It has been an exciting month in the fight for paid sick days!
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Connecticut Makes History

Debra L. Ness | June 4, 2011

Today is a great day for workers in Connecticut, and a day that offers hope to tens of millions of workers throughout the country who cannot now earn paid sick time, no matter how long they hold a job or how solid their work record is.
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Moments ago, the state Senate in Connecticut passed the state’s paid sick days bill, putting an exciting conclusion to debate in the chamber. Connecticut is now poised to become the first state in the nation to establish a paid sick days standard.
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Philadelphia’s workers are hoping the city will soon take a critical step toward changing the way workplaces honor families.
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Paid Sick Days Campaigns Charge Forward

Vicki Shabo | May 12, 2011

Around the country, paid sick days campaigns are making real progress.
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Paid Sick Days Standards Promote LGBT Health

Vicki Shabo | March 31, 2011

As we near the end of LGBT Health Awareness Week — a time to focus on eliminating the health disparities and health care discrimination faced by the LGBT community — we cannot forget the role that access to health care plays in promoting the health and well-being of LGBT workers and their families.
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Keeping the Pressure on in Wisconsin

Vicki Shabo | March 22, 2011

Today, we celebrate victory at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals: The court ruled unanimously to uphold Milwaukee’s paid sick days ordinance, which sets a minimum floor of paid sick days for workers in the city.
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The push for paid sick days took a significant step forward this week as lawmakers in Connecticut, Illinois and Philadelphia held public hearings on the impact that establishing a paid sick days standard could have on working families, businesses and public health.
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A Frightening Look at D.C.’s Restaurant Industry

Vicki Shabo | February 14, 2011

Just in time for Valentine’s Day — the highest grossing day of the year for restaurants — the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington, D.C., (ROC-DC) has released a comprehensive analysis of workplace policies in the city’s restaurant industry.
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San Francisco Paid Sick Days Law Is A Proven Success

Vicki Shabo | February 10, 2011

A new study released today shows that San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) — the first citywide paid sick days standard in the country — has been proven a success.
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Few workplace policies in the United States recognize the dual demands of work and family. Our lack of a paid sick time standard is a prime example.
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We often talk about the importance of a for families’ economic security and our public health — but paid sick days are also an issue of basic fairness.
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Dan Malloy, former mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, and staunch supporter of paid sick days, was elected governor of Connecticut earlier this month — demonstrating the importance of paid sick days to working families in Connecticut, and the power the issue can have in an election.
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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s decision to oppose the New York City Paid Sick Time Act — despite a supermajority in the City Council that is in favor of the bill — is incredibly disappointing.
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