Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pop quiz: What's better than an apple a day?

ApplesAnswer: Earned sick days! Moms know: Even an apple a day won't keep the doctor away. That's why Philadelphians need earned sick days.

Next Thursday, May 12, the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces and MomsRising will deliver "apple-o-grams" to every member of the Philadelphia City Council along with personal stories and notes from people like you about the importance of earned sick days.

Can you add your short note now that we'll deliver on an apple-o-gram on Thursday? http://action.momsrising.org/sign/psd_philly_apple/

Not sure what to write? Short notes from you like the following would be very helpful right now: "I don't know what I'd do without earned sick days," "If I had earned sick days, then it would make a big difference because I could stay home when I (or my child) was sick," or "Please pass earned sick days so people don't send their kids to school sick."

Add your quick note now to our apple-o-grams and we'll make sure it gets hand delivered next week! http://action.momsrising.org/sign/psd_philly_apple/

Earned sick days are good for working families, for public health, and for business. Earned sick days would help contain health care costs through prevention, early detection, and treatment of illness. With earned sick days, families will not be forced to send sick children to school where they will likely infect classmates and teachers; workers with earned sick days would not spread illness to their coworkers and customers.

Providing earned sick days turns out to be smart business too because it increases employee morale, productivity at work, and reduces costly turnover.

Everyone gets sick. When we're worried about our kids' health or our own health, we shouldn't also have to worry if we'll still have a job when we get better.

*Add your personal note to our apple-o-gram and we'll hand deliver it next Thursday, May 12. http://action.momsrising.org/sign/psd_philly_apple/

And please forward this email to your friends and family so they can share their experiences too!

Together, we are a powerful force for women and families!

P.S. Want to join us for the apple-o-gram delivery on Thursday, May 12? Email me at Ruth@MomsRising.org to RSVP!

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