Monday, May 16, 2011

Read Stories from "Moms Know Best: Even an Apple a Day Can't Keep the Doctor Away"

When we delivered apple baskets to City Council members last week, we also delivered an important story book put together by MomsRising with the help of Coalition members.  Now you can read "Moms Know Best: Even an Apple a Day Can't Keep the Doctor Away" and learn the stories of Philadelphians who are working without sick days.

Here are a few examples:

I’ve got the flu right now. I missed work on Friday and my boss made it very clear that this put me on shaky ground. I’ve had a fever of around 102 for days now, and I’m missing work today as well. I fully expect to be fired as a result of this.

Paid sick days would make a huge difference – but also simply not getting fired because I *do* get sick would be great. Not like I decided to get sick on purpose –
what exactly am I supposed to do about this?

Intolerance for health problems in the work place is absurd. I’m glad there’s a handful of people that never seem to get sick - but the rest of us do, and this shouldn’t be grounds for dismissal. - Akire
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It is not fair to work without sick days. I got sick badly with a doctors note for a week and did not get paid. I was backed up on bills. - Carmen
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I am a mother with two sickly children and my last employer didn’t have paid sick leave, so now I am home taking care of my children and having the system take care of us. - Thelma

Please read the stories and let others know about the need for paid sick days.

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