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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Bloomberg's Veto Will Not Stop Paid Sick Days in New York City

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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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Preemption Law in Florida Strengthens Imperative for National Paid Sick Days Standard

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Momentum Sparks New Campaigns, More Progress

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days Opponents Continue to Hide Behind Preemption

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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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New York City Council Paves the Way for One Million Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

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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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Sad Day for Floridians

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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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Time is Now for Federal Action on Paid Sick Days

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Preemption: A Growing, Calculated Threat to Democracy

April 5, 2013 | Work and Family

From Vermont and New York City to Washington state, momentum and support for paid sick days policies are high.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Paid Sick Days Bill Passes in Portland!

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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National Partnership Staff

Progress in Washington, Vermont and Philadelphia!

February 19, 2013

Earlier this month, lawmakers in Washington state held a hearing to consider proposed paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance bills.

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National Partnership Staff

More 2013 Paid Sick Days Campaigns Kick Off!

February 1, 2013

On opposite sides of the country, coalitions of workers, businesses and activists kicked off paid sick days campaigns this week.

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National Partnership Staff

Now is the Time for Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia

January 25, 2013

With a swell of support from a coalition of workers, advocates, businesses and lawmakers, a proposal for a citywide earned paid sick days standard was introduced in the Philadelphia City Council today.

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National Partnership Staff

Video: Charlotte News Anchors and Residents Make the Case for Paid Sick Days

January 25, 2013

In a seemingly impromptu discussion of work and family policies this week, two news anchors at a FOX affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina, offered their opinions on why both paid sick days and paid maternity leave should be basic workplace standards.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

By now, we have all heard about or been affected by the influenza outbreak that is sweeping the country and taking a staggering toll. 

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National Partnership Staff

Fantastic Video Shows Seattle “Works Well” with Paid Sick Days

December 7, 2012

Seattle’s paid sick and safe time law went into effect on September 1 of this year. A great new video from the city’s Office for Civil Rights, “Why Seattle Works Well,” highlights the benefits of the law for Seattle’s workers and families.

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National Partnership Staff

Maryland Paid Sick Days Campaign Kicks Off

November 19, 2012

Advocates, workers, legislators, public health officials and business owners launched a campaign for a paid sick days standard for the state of Maryland last week.

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National Partnership Staff

Election Brings Paid Sick Days Victory in California!

November 15, 2012

Hotel workers in Long Beach, California, are celebrating after voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance this month to establish a living wage and paid sick days standard for those employed by the city’s larger hotels.

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National Partnership Staff

The Urgent Need for a Paid Safe Days Standard

October 31, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be coming to a close today, but the urgent need to prevent domestic violence and support survivors continues.

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National Partnership Staff

Exciting New Campaigns in Portland and Miami!

October 19, 2012

Warm weather may be gone or fading fast in many places but, when it comes to sick days, things are heating up in at least two corners of the country!

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National Partnership Staff

Making Sustainable Scheduling a Priority

October 10, 2012

Every day, workers across the country are forced to choose between their jobs and their health and the health of their families.

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