Thursday, June 30, 2011

Statements in Support of Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia

Quotation MarksBelow are a few of the statements we've seen in support of paid sick days in Philadelphia:
  • AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurers Liz Shuler: It’s a shame the mayor ignored what the majority of Philadelphians say is the right thing to do for working families. When workers in the city get sick, they are still faced with the awful choice of their health of their paycheck. The mayor could have changed that.
  • Ellen Bravo, Executive Director of Family Values @ Work: Mayor Nutter’s decision to stand with corporate lobbyists and veto the new paid sick days ordinance is short-sighted — and most likely will be short-lived. More than one hundred organizations that make up the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces are determined to continue the fight for this modest reform until it becomes a law.
  • Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO President Patrick J. Eiding: The ability to take a day off when you or your family member is sick is a public health issue as well as a worker rights issue. We’re disappointed in the mayor’s veto and will continue to fight for paid sick days and all legislation that helps workers.
  • Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising: Today, Mayor Michael Nutter put the misplaced concerns of a handful of businesses above the public health needs of his city and the interests of Philadelphia workers and their families.  By vetoing the Promoting Health Families and Workplaces Act, he is putting family economic security and Philadelphia families’ health at risk.
  • Labor Project for Working Families: Across the country, momentum continues to build for paid sick days because it is a proven step to improve the health of the workforce and the strength of the economy. The measure is supported by a majority of the Philadelphia City Council and by a majority of Philadelphia voters of both political parties. We will do whatever we can to support the coalition to continue their fight until paid sick days is implemented.
  • Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women and Families: It is deeply disappointing that Mayor Nutter chose to thwart the will of Philadelphians and the City Council by siding with the business lobby instead of hard-working families. His veto of the paid sick days bill passed by the City Council earlier this month will effectively deny more than 200,000 Philadelphia workers the right to earn the paid sick days they need to meet their health needs without risking their financial security. This veto is short-sighted and destructive. It will harm workers, families, the public health and the city itself. This is a sad day for Philadelphia.

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