We commend every Philadelphia City Council member who supported this badly-needed family friendly policy. They have prioritized a basic workplace standard that is good for workers, families, businesses and public health. We hope this victory paves the way for all workers in the city to have this common sense right.
This victory for Philadelphia workers is a testament to the hard work of the more than 100 organizations that make up the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces and its allies. They have shown that even in the face of strong opposition, significant advances can be made.
There couldn’t be a better time to enact policies that protect jobs and ensure families can stay afloat. The support for paid sick days we have seen in Philadelphia helps to continue the national momentum for these protections that started in Connecticut this summer and continued to Seattle last month, when those jurisdictions joined San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in guaranteeing workers the right to earn paid sick days. This is just the beginning. We look forward to more victories at the local, state and federal levels."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.