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Tamara’s Story

“As a result of missing a few days of work…I had to [choose between] do[ing] my laundry or buy[ing] a metrocard to go to work.”

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Paid Sick Days in New York: A Burning Issue

New York women have made paid sick days a burning issue for City Council Speaker.

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Family Values Can’t End at the Workplace Door

Who takes care of the caretaker’s daughter when the caretaker’s busy taking care? Or for that matter, who cares for the seamstress’s son or the restaurant worker’s mom while the workers scramble to pay the bills? The answer often is

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Dena’s Story

Family Leave Insurance “…was the best thing that ever happened. To be home with my baby for three months was great…by the time I started work she started sleeping through the night. It worked out perfectly.”

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In Bloomberg’s Healthy NYC, Still Afraid to Take (on) Sick Days

Why is regulating soda size okay — but mandating sick days taboo? It’s more complicated than you think. Bloomberg and Quinn appear together at a news conference in 2010. (Reuters) Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s New York City has been a veritable

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Chantia’s Story

“I think that anyone who works an honest job should be able to provide for their family, but the truth is that there are thousands of women like me in this country who are working poverty wage jobs or losing their jobs because they need to care for their kids.”

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Women for Paid Sick Days

Some policy questions are difficult. Here are a few easy ones: Should people who handle food for a living have to work while contagious? Should sick kids be stuck at school because their parents are stuck at work? Should coming

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Paid-Sick-Leave Fight Escalates in New York City, Expands Across the Nation

“Working families are saying to our organizers that this something that they really need right now,” [Tara] Murphy says. The coalition backing a bill includes several local unions and the state Working Families Party. “We’re hoping to get this done sooner rather than later,” she adds. “People really can’t wait any longer.”

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Which Side Are You On? Activists Launch “Women for Paid Sick Days” Campaign to Press Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn

“My knees got so bad that I collapsed at work one day while serving a customer. Even then, my boss forbade me from going home until the end of my shift,” said Ai Elo, a restaurant worker. “But as many women workers know, whether they are mothers or like me whether it’s because they have primary custody over siblings or other relatives, putting your own health at risk is one thing but putting the health of loved ones at risk is a different story.”

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