Monday, October 11, 2010

Media Advisory: Two in Five Working Philadelphians Have No Ability to Earn Paid Sick Days

For more information contact:

Marianne Bellesorte, Director of Policy, PathWays PA                                                           
610-543-5022 -

Rebecca Foley, Directors of Education and Advocacy, WOMEN'S WAY
215-985-3322 -

Daniel Morris, Director of Communications, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy 
917-596-0780 -

Two in Five Working Philadelphians Have No Ability to Earn Paid Sick Days

New Report Shows Need for Sick Days in Philadelphia and Positive Results from Paid Sick Day Legislation in San Francisco

National Think Tank, Local Coalition Holding Press Conference and Lobby Day to Call Attention to the Public Health Needs of Philadelphia

WHAT/WHO: PathWays PA, WOMEN'S WAY, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces will be holding a public forum to release a new report highlighting the need for paid sick days in Philadelphia.

At the event, the author of the report, Amy Traub of Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, will highlight key findings in the report. City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and City Councilman William Greenlee will also speak on paid sick days and the current legislation in City Council, "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces." Other speakers will include Carol Goertzel, President/CEO of PathWays PA, Dr. James Plumb of Thomas Jefferson Hospital, and an affected worker.

The primary organizers of this event are PathWays PA and WOMEN'S WAY.

WHERE: Mayor's Reception Room, City Hall, Philadelphia

WHEN: October 12, 1 PM to 2 PM


Drum Major Institute for Public Policy

The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI) is a nonpartisan think tank that partners with advocates, organizers, elected officials, and other leaders to improve policymaking in cities and for cities. We firmly believe progressive urban policy expands the scope of what government can accomplish in the United States. Historically, the results have been seen and felt in better housing options, better safety net protections, better transit access, better workplace rights, better environmental regulations, better assimilation of immigrants, better infrastructure investments, and in many other areas. Our research, analysis, communications, and media efforts focus on how the biggest opportunities for addressing America's current challenges can be found-and seized-in cities. We also train young people from diverse communities to become the next generation of urban policy leaders. Visit for more information.

PathWays PA

PathWays PA began in 1978 as the Women's Association for Women's Alternatives, one of Pennsylvania's first residential programs to keep low-income, vulnerable women together with their children. It has grown to become one of the Greater Philadelphia region's foremost providers of residential and community-based services with a focus on serving women, teens and children. Each year PathWays PA serves nearly 6,000 clients with a full complement of social services; job training and employment assistance; as well as residential programs.


Founded in Philadelphia in 1977, WOMEN'S WAY is the country's oldest and largest women's funding federation. Our mission is to raise money and public awareness to fight for and achieve women's equality, safety, self-sufficiency and reproductive freedom through women-centered funding, advocacy and education.

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