Friday, June 28, 2013

VICTORY: Paid Sick Days in NY after 4-year fight

You all should know that we voted to convert the NOW NY State Young Feminist Task Force into NOW's first-ever, virtual chapter Young Feminists & Allies (YFA). What you may not know is that as the NOW NYS YFTF, we had been fighting for the victory below since 2009, alongside Gloria Steinem. You can see the photos below (the ones in the middle). Please note that many of the photos were taken by member Layla Love.

Please help us continue the fight by telling your US members of Congress to follow in the steps of NYC and pass the Healthy Families Act.

From one of our allies in the fight, Mom's Rising
We have great news! We won! After a long fight, more than one million New Yorkers have brand new access to paid sick days! The City Council was up late and passed the law at 2:32 this morning. (1)

Thank you to every one of our members and coalition partners for making this win possible! You sent thousands of letters and made hundreds of phone calls to City Council members. You signed petitions, rallied at City Hall, and shared your stories to explain how important earned sick days are to moms and our families. You even hand-delivered messages addressed to Speaker Christine Quinn to convince her to let the vote go through.

We did all this because as moms we know that access to earned paid sick days is not only vital to the economic security of countless families, but also makes good public health policy. They are also an important part of making a more humane New York.
No one should ever have to choose between losing a day's pay and staying home to recuperate from illness or to care for a sick child. That's not good for families, it's not good for employees and it's not good for business.
We applaud the New York City Council for having the courage of their convictions to pass the earned paid sick days bill into law.
We won't stop fighting until sick days are a standard workplace protection for all. Let's take this win across the country! Tell your US members of Congress to follow in the steps of NYC and pass the Healthy Families Act.
Together we are a powerful force for moms and families. 
Thank you,
Ruth, Monifa, Charlie, Kristin and the whole team

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