Friday, April 5, 2013

It's Up To Council - And You - To Make Earned Sick Days Happen

After years of work on earned sick days in Philadelphia, it all comes down to one vote.

On April 11, City Council will vote to override Mayor Nutter's short-sighted veto of earned sick days.

12 Councilmembers must vote to override the veto. 11 Councilmembers voted in favor of the bill.

Will you join the community of Philadelphians who are asking City Council to take the lead in supporting working families?

Here is an example of what you can say:

"Hi, my name is [NAME].

I live/work in Philadelphia, and as a constituent, I am calling to tell the Councilman that I support earned sick days for all Philadelphia workers and to ask him to overturn the Mayor's veto.

Paid sick days are about justice. Families need to know that one flu won't cost them their jobs or their financial security." If you have a personal story about earned sick days, share it with the staffer. You can also ask the person who answers the phone if the Councilman plans to vote to override the veto. After your call, please report back on how it went!

Why earned sick days? Because working without sick days places families in an impossible situation.

Small businesses suffer without earned sick days because of reduced productivity and the expense of high turnover.

Consumers and coworkers suffer without earned sick days when they are exposed to sickness.

And of course, the workers themselves suffer. After all, every day without sick days is a day we are asking them to choose between the jobs they need and the families they love.

It is clear that the leadership that our city needs on this issue will not come from the Mayor's office. It is now up to Council to enact the will of the overwhelming majority of Philadelphians by overriding this veto to make earned sick days law.

Please take a moment right now to ask them to do just that.

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