Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gloria Steinem sends message for the Paid Sick Days Coalition


I don't have to tell you that working women are under attack. The economy is putting a tighter and tighter squeeze on our ability to make ends meet. And too many politicians seem deaf, or even hostile, to the needs of working women.

Last Wednesday, hundreds of women activists here in New York City did something about it. We're uniting to call on the New York City Council to pass the paid sick days law – because no one should ever have to lose pay or even lose their job just because they or their child gets sick.

I'm asking you to join us:

Sign our petition calling on the New York City Council to pass the paid sick days bill. <http://signon.org/sign/pass-the-nyc-paid-sick?source=s.em.cr&r_by=1349952&mailing_id=5175>   <http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=o5mmvhAxKrXuDVXmeoNIAH4G4lHa7cQC>

Why? Because of people like Celina. She was a cook at a restaurant in Queens when a heart problem put her in the hospital for a few days. When she got out, not only did she lose pay for the days she missed, she found there wasn't even a job there for her when she recovered. I'll say it again: she lost her job just for getting sick.

If you have paid sick days it's easy enough to take them for granted. If you or your child gets sick, you stay home to recover or go to the doctor. You are not punished financially for taking care of your health and your children. It's time to ensure all working women – and men – have the same economic security.

Paid sick days are important for the workers, but also for the rest of us. Most people without paid sick days work in industries where we can least afford to have sick workers. But if a waitress or day care provider can't afford to take a day off, her only alternative is to go to work sick or send her child to school sick. And that puts everyone else at risk.

Not surprisingly, New Yorkers overwhelmingly favor the proposal. The bill is co-sponsored by more than two-thirds of the City Council. But passage has been held up by Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Last Wednesday, we rallied because we need an outpouring of support to break the logjam. And we need your help.

Will you join us in signing our petition for paid sick days in New York City? <http://signon.org/sign/pass-the-nyc-paid-sick?source=s.em.cr&r_by=1349952&mailing_id=5175>


We'll deliver the signatures directly to Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the City Council.

Thank you.

-Gloria Steinem

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