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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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As Members of Congress campaign for votes at home, the National Partnership for Women & Families and two of our key allies have been hard at work educating Congressional staff about the public health and economic security case for paid sick days policies.
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Paid Sick Days - On Hold for Too Long

Vicki Shabo | September 29, 2010

Throughout the long, hot summer — despite the veto-proof majority in the New York City Council, despite the endless terrible experiences of workers who've been forced to work sick, despite the loads of testimony in favor of the Paid Sick Time Act — New York's proposed paid sick days law has remained in limbo.
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While many of us spend time in August vacationing at the beach or in the mountains, Pennsylvania advocates took a trip to their state capitol in Harrisburg — to push for a state paid sick days law.
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The View from Capitol Hill

August 5, 2010

In my job, I get to explain the entire narrative of paid sick days to our nation's lawmakers and their staff. It's a rather simple task because most people intuitively get it — and often they have an experience to share.
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Yesterday, advocates in New York City rallied in favor of paid sick days legislation next to the carriage horses in Central Park.
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The traditional Father’s Day gifts are a new tie or a set of golf clubs (and those silly cards that suggest all dads care about are wearing ties and playing golf — not true!). But if we really want to thank our dads for all the times they’ve been there for us, then there’s no better gift than one that allows all fathers to be there for their children: a paid sick days law.
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New York State of Mind

June 11, 2010

Advocates in New York City had reason to celebrate today: New York City Councilman and Labor Committee Chairman James Sanders signed on as the 36th cosponsor of the Paid Sick Time Act.
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The paid sick days movement’s attention is focused once again on New York City — and there is no question that if a minimum paid sick days standard becomes the law in the Big Apple, it will be a game-changer for the movement as a whole.
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On April 26, more than 200 advocates from 19 states and D.C. gathered in Washington, D.C. for the National Partnership’s third Paid Sick Days Summit.
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On March 25, New York City Councilwoman Gale Brewer reintroduced New York City's Paid Sick Time Act in the City Council, with 34 of the City Council’s 51 members as co-sponsors. Advocates celebrated the bill's reintroduction with a thrilling and energizing rally at City Hall.
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