Earned Sick Time – “Food on the Table or Not”

“It’s the difference between being able to put food on the table or not,” Sheila Decter of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action said.

The above quote was taken from the March 21, 2013  article posted on the website of the Patriot Ledger by Janine Mullaney reporting on the demonstration for Earned Sick Time in Quincy.

“The rally called on the Legislature to pass a bill introduced by Sen. Daniel Wolf, D-Harwich, back in January. The measure would ensure that the nearly one million Massachusetts workers who do not currently have access to paid sick time are able to earn time off to be used if they or a family member becomes ill.”

Earned Sick Time – Portland (passed) and Philadelphia (vetoed by Mayor)

Congratulations to Portland and to the Philadelphia City Council for the victory on Sick Time!

As you may have heard Portland had a resounding victory for their Sick Time bill which passed unanimously.  Their bill is similar to ours covering earned paid sick time for businesses with 6 or more employees.

Philadelphia City Council also had a hard fought win passing their earned sick time bill 11-6. With 11 Council members in support, the campaign is only one vote away from being able to override the veto of Mayor Nutter. They are quickly mobilizing to find a 12th supporter. The best chances for support rest with Councilmen Squilla, O’Brien and Kenny.

Here are a few things that you could do to help. If you can do any of these things, please email Marianne who is leading their sick time campaign. mbellesorte@pathwayspa.org

1. Contact Congressman Brady to reach out to Councilmen Squilla and Kenney.

2. Help set up calls from national autism and disability rights organizations to Councilman O’Brien.

Calls from supportive Republicans to Councilman O’Brien would also be useful.

Update – Special Driver’s Licenses for Immigrant Students, North Carolina

In North Carolina, a new policy is to go into effect this week.  Driver’s licenses for immigrant students will be marked with a special separate different pink design.   What shades of memory does that evoke?
Flash!!!    News!!!     Your calls and letters have made a difference.   North Carolina will not require “special Pink drivers’ licenses.” 
However, the licenses will still have “No Legal Status” printed on these licenses.    Continue your letters urging that these students be treated the same way other drivers are treated.
A letter signed by leaders of major Jewish organizations was prepared by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.  It went to the Governor last week.  Feel free to use the arguments of this letter in your continued correspondence with the Governor of North Carolina.      See the letter here.
Thanks so much for joining with us in this effort.

Sincerely,

Sheila Decter