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PathWays PA E-Alert: June 20, 2011


On June 16, 2011 Philadelphia's City Council passed the earned sick days legislation (Bill No. 080474) by a vote of 9 to 8 under the leadership of PathWays PA and the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces. Thanks to this bill, the lives of over 200,000 workers, including working mothers, will be improved. Workers in our great city will be able to take care of themselves and loved ones without having to lose a day's pay or their job all together. This bill will ensure that workers are treated with the dignity they deserve.

The fight is not over though!

Now, we must encourage Mayor Nutter to sign this bill into law. Please call the Mayor at (215) 686-2181 and urge him to do the right thing by signing the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Bill 080474). Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who made this victory through their calls, postcards, visits, and lobbying City Council. Also, we would like to give a special thanks to the 107 organizations who make up the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces.

Federal Policy Updates


Medicaid is the largest health care program in the country – both in the amount of people it covers (53 million) and spending ($300 billion in federal and state spending). Despite recent polls showing widespread support for the program, there are several proposals in Congress to create budget caps and/or block grants for Medicaid, which would fundamentally undermine and slash funding for the program.

To address the threats to Medicaid and discuss how to effectively talk about the program, Wider Opportunities for Women is hosting a webinar, Budget Battles: Threats to Medicaid, on Thursday, June 30 at 3:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Central / 1:00pm Mountain / 12:00 noon Pacific.

Register Today To Reserve Your Spot!
Participants will hear from national and state communications and policy experts:

This is the third in a series of Building Bridges to Economic Security webinar trainings. Space is limited, so register now!

State Policy Updates


Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) is the prime sponsor of the Industry Partnership legislation (SB 552) and has asked his Leadership in the Senate to restore last year's allocation in the General Fund Budget to fund the IP and IP Training Activities. Sen. Brubaker needs your help to convince his colleagues of the importance of funding IPs and their related Training Activities.

Please click this link to sign on to a letter asking Gov. Corbett and General Assembly lawmakers to continue their support for IP Funding

Please click this link to enter your zip code and address to send a customizable email to your Senator.

Please follow this link to find talking points and background information on Industry partnerships. Then find phone numbers for Pennsylvania Senators and give them a call.

From our friends at PA Partners.


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