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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

This week, workers all across the country will be tweeting that question to candidates for office at all levels, asking them to support this basic workplace standard or explain why they will not.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A Sad Day and a Hopeful Lesson in Orange County

September 19, 2012 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days
Late yesterday, it became disappointingly clear that voters in Orange County will not see a proposal for earned sick time on their ballots in November.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

A Story of Deliberate Disregard for Democracy in Orange County

September 14, 2012

For anyone paying attention to the effort to establish an earned sick day standard in the Sunshine State, this is a legitimate question.

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Hasty, Ill-Conceived Measure Threatens Workers in Orange County

September 10, 2012

Late yesterday, it became disappointingly clear that voters in Orange County will not see a proposal for earned sick time on their ballots in November.

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National Partnership Staff

In Seattle, an Exciting New Reason to Celebrate this Labor Day

September 1, 2012

As of today, Seattle is the third city in the nation to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days — and that means working families in the city can add paid sick days to their reasons to celebrate this Labor Day.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

For Parents Without Paid Sick Days, Back-to-School Season Brings Stress and Uncertainty

For the millions of employed parents in jobs that don't let them earn paid sick days, it means another set of worries: uncertainty about what to do if a child gets sick.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women's Equality Depends on Family Friendly Workplace Policies Like Paid Sick Days

Ninety-two years ago, women in the United States celebrated the greatest step in our march toward equality: the ratification of the 19th Amendment, affirming our right to vote.

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Big Step Forward in Florida!

August 21, 2012

Late last week, a broad coalition of workers, businesses, unions and advocates in Orange County, Florida, celebrated a significant victory in the effort to secure an earned paid sick days standard for the county.

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New York Times: America Needs a National Paid Sick Days Standard

August 6, 2012

Paid sick days campaigns gained steam this weekend when, in a powerful Sunday editorial, the New York Times announced its support for both a federal paid sick days standard and New York City’s paid sick time proposal.

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Corporate Interest Money and Frivolous Tactics in Orange County Must Not Undermine Voters’ Rights

August 3, 2012

Despite strong and growing public support for an earned sick days standard in Orange County, Florida, attacks on the proposed measure continue.

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New Research: Paid Sick Days Linked to Prevention of Illness and Injury

July 27, 2012

Two just released, peer-reviewed studies from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide new, quantitative evidence of the relationship between workers’ access to paid sick days and their health and well-being.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

An Energizing Event for Family Friendly Policy Advocates

July 23, 2012 | Work and Family

This month, more than 200 advocates from across the country were here in Washington, D.C., to discuss best practices and next steps in the effort to increase working families' access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.

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Paid Sick Days and the “Having it All” Media Frenzy

June 29, 2012

When the latest issue of The Atlantic hit newsstands, the essay featured on its cover garnered significant media attention.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

Fathers, Families and the Urgent Need for Paid Sick Days

June 15, 2012

Just in time for Father’s Day, the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire released the results of a new study on working parents.

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New Video Asks “Do You Eat Ethically?”

June 11, 2012

Restaurant patrons eager for a nice night out will soon have much more to consider thanks to Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United and author of an upcoming book on working conditions in the nation’s restaurant industry.

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NAACP Extends Support to State and Local Paid Sick Days Efforts!

June 6, 2012

For decades, the country’s workers have benefited tremendously from the NAACP’s work to advance civil rights and promote economic security.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

An Underhanded Threat to Working Families in Louisiana and Throughout the Country

Over the past year, some workers and their families have rested a little easier knowing they will be able to recover from illness or help a family member do so without sacrificing much-needed income.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

As Older Americans Month Draws to a Close, Let's Not Forget the Older Adults and Caregivers Who Need Us

May 29, 2012

May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor and show appreciation for the older adults in our lives and our communities.

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Orlando: A Bright Spot in the Sunshine State!

May 18, 2012

There’s exciting news out of Florida!

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Nothing to Sneeze At: State Activity Continues as Federal Support Grows

April 25, 2012

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen paid sick days efforts progress and make headlines in cities and states throughout the country — and support for the federal Healthy Families Act continues to grow in Congress.

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