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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Contagion: Not Just a Movie

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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Victory in Seattle!

September 12, 2011 | Work and Family
It is an exciting day for Seattle workers. After a tireless campaign that brought together workers, business leaders, lawmakers and advocates like never before, Seattle City Council members voted 8-1 in support of a strong paid sick days standard for the city.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Victory in Seattle!

September 12, 2011

It is an exciting day for Seattle workers.

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Paid Sick Days Vital for Grandparents

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

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

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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The Good, the Bad and the Hope for Breastfeeding Rights

August 22, 2011 | Work and Family
Roughly four million women give birth in the United States every year - and most choose to breastfeed (74 percent). After all, the nutritional value of breast milk is well documented. Numerous studies show that breastfeeding protects mothers and children from a range of acute and chronic health conditions. But with two-thirds of today's working women returning to work within three months of giving birth, the lack of supportive workplace policies and laws is forcing too many nursing mothers to quit breastfeeding early - or never start.

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Denver, Seattle Make Headlines on Paid Sick Days

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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Coast to Coast, Paid Sick Days Activity Continues

July 14, 2011

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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New Report Quantifies Paid Sick Days' Value to Working Families

For working families today, paid sick days can mean the difference between staying afloat and being unable to afford basic expenses like food and transportation - and this lifeline comes at minimal or no cost to businesses.

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Paid Sick Days Progress – and Possibilities – Sweep the Nation

June 27, 2011

It has been an exciting month in the fight for paid sick days!

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Connecticut Paid Sick Days Bill Takes a Giant Step Forward

May 25, 2011

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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In the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love, A Chance to Stand Up for Working Families

May 23, 2011

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

May 12, 2011

Around the country, paid sick days campaigns are making real progress.

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It's Time for a Family Friendly America

May 6, 2011 | Work and Family
Mother's Day. It's a day when we shower the mothers in our lives with well-deserved compliments and gifts that show our appreciation. The heartfelt thanks, expressed in cards, flowers and chocolates, certainly have their place, but mothers today also need something much more lasting - policies that let them meet their own needs and those of their families.

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Paid Sick Days Standards Promote LGBT Health

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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Anniversary a Time to Commit to a New Wave of Workplace Reforms

March 24, 2011 | Work and Family
Locked doors. It's one of the many reasons that 146 workers - mainly young immigrant women - died in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City 100 years ago today. Even though great progress has been made since then, workers today are trapped by a different kind of locked door: public and workplace policies that too often are unfair and force workers to make impossible choices between their caregiving responsibilities and their economic security.

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Keeping the Pressure on in Wisconsin

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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A Frightening Look at D.C.’s Restaurant Industry

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

February 10, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

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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