Saturday, April 18, 2009

Send a Message For Healthy Families

Kleenex-small-boxIn Pennsylvania, 46 percent of all workers have no access to paid sick time, leaving parents and caregivers to make the impossible choice between staying home with a sick loved one and earning much needed income. Many of these workers have direct contact with the sick, the young, and the elderly, in industries such as healthcare, childcare, and food services. When employees in these industries must work sick to avoid losing their incomes or their jobs, the issue is one of public safety as well as economic.

At the national level, Congress is getting ready to reintroduce the Healthy Families Act, which would establish a basic standard of earned sick time for workers. Nationally, businesses actually save money in reduced turnover and productivity if every worker could earn 7 sick days per year.

MomsRising is circulating an email campaign to ask representatives and senators to co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act. But besides sending an email, there is more that you can do:

  1. Show your support for earned sick time by visiting Facebook. Sign up to support earned sick time in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia.
  2. Email policy@pathwayspa.org if you are interested in being active in coalitions at the state level and in Philadelphia to bring about earned sick time for workers.
  3. Use the comments section of this blog or email us to tell your story of needing earned sick time to care for your family

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