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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Tremendous Step Forward for New Yorkers and Our Nation

Early this morning, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days — taking a significant step forward for the country in giving workers this fundamental and common sense right.

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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

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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Momentum Sparks New Campaigns, More Progress

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Messages That Matter This Mother's Day

“For everything you’ve taught me…” “For always being there…” “For all the sacrifices you’ve made… thanks, Mom.” These and messages like them are what mothers across the country will be reading in greeting cards and hearing from loved ones this weekend. But, for mothers who hold jobs, one reality is missing from these heartfelt sentiments.

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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. Sadly, these misguided attacks on local democracy have been spreading rapidly, as legislators put the interests of the national big business lobby ahead of the interests of their constituents.

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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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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. Yesterday, members of the Florida House approved far-reaching legislation that will prohibit all localities from establishing paid sick days standards.

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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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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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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. At least 44 states have been hit, thousands of hospitalizations and dozens of deaths have been reported so far, and some are already comparing this year's outbreak to the H1N1 pandemic of 2009.

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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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Leticia Mederos, Vice President

From the desk of ... Leticia Mederos

A Roadmap to the Economy Working Families Need

September 13, 2012 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Talk about jobs and the economy seems to be everywhere - on television, online and at millions of kitchen tables across the country.

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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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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days: Healthier Families, More Than $1 Billion in Savings

November 17, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days
Health reform has underscored the imperative to increase access to health care, improve quality and reduce costs.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Getting Back on Track with Family Friendly Policies

October 31, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

As National Work and Family Month drew to a close this time last year, working families were hopeful that the upcoming election would mean that the economy would turn around, families would regain control of their finances and economic security, and the country would finally get back on track after a crippling recession.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Dispatches from Denver

October 13, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

This year, we have achieved significant victories in our work to ensure more working people have the right to earn paid sick days.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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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