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Senator Dan Wolf: Paid Sick Days is good public policy from Sugarhouse Media
We all have a stake in paid sick days. Almost 1 million Massachusetts workers lack access to a single paid sick day. You can make a difference! Join the fight for paid sick days in Massachusetts today! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
By Ellen Bravo
In just two weeks, the movement for paid sick days has seen three victories – in Portland, Oregon, Philadelphia, and most recently, New York City. Local coalitions in each place encountered fierce opposition, and yet the wave of wins continues.
Because people need it, demanded it, and built the capacity to win.
Yes, hardball politics played a role. But what carries the day is strong and smart organizing by coalitions deeply rooted in their local city or state while linked to a growing national movement.
The need for paid sick days grew more urgent in a bad economy. During the recent flu outbreak, many of the 44 million without paid sick days had to watch public officials on TV telling them to stay home if they had flu symptoms, knowing if they followed these instructions they might not be able to keep the lights on or buy their child a needed inhaler.
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"Workplace flexibility isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s an issue that affects the well-being of our families and the success of our businesses. It affects the strength of our economy – whether we’ll create the workplaces and jobs of the future that we need to compete in today’s global economy."
- President Barak Obama
The White House wants you to be part of the conversation about workplace flexibility in your community. To learn more, go to the Council on Women and Girls website.