Skip to main content

Press Conference 8/17/10 at 12 PM in Capitol Rotunda: One Size Doesn’t Fit All When it Comes to Sick Days However, No One Should Have to Live with Extra Small

In Pennsylvania, approximately 46% of all workers do not have access to earned sick days.

HARRISBURG— On August 17, the House’s Labor Relations Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act (HB 1830), which gives Pennsylvania’s workers the opportunity to earn up to 6.5 days (52 hours) of paid sick time. Workers would be permitted to use the hours they earn to care for themselves or a family member when they are sick. This bill has the support of the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces, which is made up of a broad range of workers, nonprofit organizations, labor groups, and legislators.

Currently in Pennsylvania 46% of workers have no earned sick days, and a majority of employees without this benefit work in food service and care giving positions. When workers without earned sick days are sick, they have to choose between going to work – where they could potentially infect co-workers or customers – and staying home – where they will lose pay and possibly their job.

“In Pennsylvania, you shouldn’t have to risk your job to take care of your family,” said Carol Goertzel, President/CEO of PathWays PA. “We are in the 21st century, but our workplaces are operating under 19th century rules. If we believe in family values, those values should not stop at the workplace door.”

Earned sick days allows families to stay economically secure while they keep their families physically secure. The fear of job loss when workers have no access to sick days is very real. Nearly one in four workers without paid sick days (23 percent) in a recent poll has lost a job or been told they would lose it for taking time to care for a sick family member or a personal illness.

Providing earned sick days has proven to be smart for businesses as well as for workers. Research shows that the costs of replacing workers, including advertising, interviewing and training new employees, far outweighs the cost of retaining employees by offering earned sick days. Additionally, presenteeism, when workers come to work sick, costs the national economy about 180 billion a year in lost productivity versus absenteeism. Furthermore, under this bill, businesses can use the sick days, vacation days, and personal days they already offer to match up with the 6.5 days that workers earn each year. This flexibility allows employers to create the policy that best fits their business, without leaving employees struggling to fit into an “extra small.”

Speakers at tomorrow’s press conference will include:
  • Representative Marc Gergely
  • Carol Goertzel, President/CEO of PathWays PA
  • Robert Drago, Ph.D., Research Director for the Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • Kate Etherington, Senior Program Director for the Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Rebecca Foley, Director of Education and Advocacy Initiatives, WOMEN'S WAY

###
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 for women and their children. Each year PathWays PA serves more than 6000 women, children and families who reside in Philadelphia, Delaware, and Chester counties through a full complement of social services, job training and employment assistance, outreach and residential programs.

The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is a group of organizations supporting the need for earned sick days in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. It is primarily coordinated by PathWays PA and WOMEN’S WAY. Coalition members include

Childspace CDI ▪ CLASP ▪ Coalition of Labor Union Women ▪ Institute for Women's Policy Research ▪ Maternity Care Coalition ▪ MomsRising ▪ National Partnership for Women & Families ▪ National Organization for Women (Philadelphia Chapter) ▪ PathWays PA ▪ People's Emergency Center ▪ Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility ▪ Philadelphia Security Officers Union ▪ SEIU ▪ The Campaign for Working Families ▪ Women's Law Project ▪ WOMEN'S WAY ▪ Women Vote PA


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Are You Registered to Vote?

As we get closer to the November elections, Google searches on how to register are increasing, which begs the question: Are you registered? Do you know how to sign up?

Pennsylvania and many other states require voter registration before Election Day - in Pennsylvania's case, voters must be registered one month ahead of time.  So if you recently moved, just turned 18, haven't voted in a while, or never registered before, the time to sign up is now.

PathWays PA has partnered with Rock the Vote to offer voter registration through this blog! You can fill out the form below to register or to make sure that you are registered.

Please take the time to register, and also consider pledging to vote in support of your economic values at wewontwait2016.org!

PS - click here to share a voter registration link on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!




Register Now for National Audio Conferences on Job Scheduling

From our friends at CLASP Register now for three national audio conferences on job scheduling! Job schedules matter in many ways. For all workers, it helps when an employer is responsive to a request for a needed schedule change. And far too many workers have volatile and potentially destabilizing schedules. If you don't know when you are supposed to be at work until the last minute, how do you arrange child care or transportation? If your total hours fluctuate from week to week, how do you budget for rent and food? To address these issues and emerging policy opportunities, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is hosting and sponsoring three Job Schedules Matter audio conferences.

The conferences, which are co-sponsored by the Center for Popular Democracy and the National Women's Law Center, will include comments from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman George Miller on why they introduced the Schedules that Work Act. You'll also hear from workers about th…

Register for FRAC's Federal Nutrition Program Conference Calls

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) will host two public conference calls in October. Information on the calls follows below:
Breakfast Matters - Effective Messaging: Getting Positive Press in your Community

Thursday October 11, 3 – 4 pm ET
Click here to register.
Learn tips from a national communications firm about how to place your stories with local media and receive positive press coverage for your program.

Presenters: * Jon Dickl, School Nutrition Director, Knox County Schools, Tennessee
* Amber LaCroix, BRG Communications




Afterschool Meals Matter - Community Partnerships
Wednesday, October 17, at 1:00 pm EST

Click here to register.
Learn how you can connect with a myriad of community partners, from parent groups to corporate volunteer programs, who can offer you and your program their time, energy, and support. Community partners can assist you with meal preparation, programming, outreach to increase your participation, and ultimately to help build up community support and in…