Thursday, January 17, 2013

Free Flu Vaccines for Restaurant Workers - Jan. 22 12-4pm

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From our friends at the Restaurant Opportunities Center Philadelphia To get involved with the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a national restaurant workers organization, or to learn more about their work with the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces earned sick day campaign in Philadelphia, please email sheila@rocunited.org.

Sign up online:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEowdnU5ekFMekdUWTQ0VVhkVDZ2eHc6MQ

During the worst flu season in a decade, 93% of restaurant workers in Philadelphia do not have access to health insurance or earned sick days. As a result 2/3 of restaurant workers have reported having to work while sick. The lack of sick days afforded to restaurant workers creates a breeding ground for a public health crisis during flu season. According to the American Journal of Public Health, lack of paid sick time led to an estimated 5 million additional cases of H1N1 flu in 2009.

In order to keep restaurant workers, their families and consumer safe during restaurant week, the Restaurant Opportunities Center and Thomas Jefferson University, Center for Urban Studies are partnering to provide free flu vaccinations for restaurant workers.

Vaccines will take place on January 22 from 12-4pm at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center for Urban Health. 211 South 9th St, Suite 313 (across the street from the NeuroScience Hospital).

To register for a vaccine, please fill out the form here.

Please also take a moment to sign the petition asking City Councilman James Kenney (former restaurant worker) to vote YES on the earned sick day bill coming before City Council Jan. 24, 2013. http://www.change.org/petitions/councilman-james-kenney-vote-yes-on-earned-sick-days

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