What Working Families Should Know : A Webinar Series in the Age of COVID-19

All month, we’re partnering with the Women and Girls Foundation, Pittsburgh United, MomsRising, Women's Law Project, and the Family Care Act to co-host What Workers Should Know, a webinar series in the age of COVID-19. We’ll provide practical advice on how to navigate the current job crisis. Every Tuesday at 1 PM, join our live Zoom meeting to learn what’s happening in Pennsylvania, what help is available and what policies can help turn things around.

5.12.20: Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave: For the first time in our country’s history, Congress passed a law providing paid sick days and emergency paid leave to some workers. Join the Family Care Campaign for a discussion of the new laws; who can access them and how; and ideas on what we can do to cover all workers in the future. Join Marianne Bellesorte and Heather Arnet, from the Family Care Campaign, for an overview of the new and existing laws at the local, state, and federal levels and to learn about what you can do to be…

PA Primaries - updated!

Due to Coronavirus, Pennsylvania delayed their primary until June 2, 2020.

Please remember that for the first time, Pennsylvanians are able to vote by mail. Read below to learn more or visit here.

The League of Women Voters has published a list of actions that can help you vote during the coronavirus. Please take a look as we all continue to adapt to social distancing.


PA primary elections are on June 2, 2020!

If you live in Pennsylvania and are eligible to vote, you need to be registered by May 18, 2020. (If you live in another state, please visit 866-OUR-VOTE to find your state's information.)

***If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.  Be sure to bring this number with you when you vote!***

NEW THIS YEAR: Mail-In Ballots, Extended Voter Registration Period, and More

Pennsylvania made some changes to election law on October 29, 2019.
Mail-in ballots: PA voters may choose to mail their ballot instead of voting in person. You do not need a reason to ap…

Philly Workers and Coronavirus: Join Us for a Virtual Town Hall and Speak Out

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the globe, Philadelphia workers are experiencing devastating - and potentially long lasting - economic hardship.

On Thursday, March 26 at 6 pm, join hundreds of impacted Philadelphia workers and elected City Hall officials for a virtual town hall to hear more about the impact of the coronavirus on retail, restaurant, healthcare, education, and domestic workers - and proposed solutions to the financial devastations we face. Workers will be joined by City Councilmembers and the Mayor’s Office for this video (Zoom) town hall. Join us to make sure that ALL Philly workers receive the support they need during this difficult time!

Here’s how you can get the word out!

RSVP here in English; RSVP aqui en espanolShare on social media and your listservs using this toolkitKeep signing and sharing our petition
We’re all in this together - see you at the virtual town hall to make sure workers demands are met and our families and communities are safe.

Take action on paid time for COVID-19 in Philadelphia


PA Primaries are now June 2, 2020 - Register to vote (and remember you can vote by mail)


Due to Coronavirus, Pennsylvania delayed their primary until June 2, 2020. Please read our blog post here for information based on the new date.

Please remember that for the first time, Pennsylvanians are able to vote by mail. Read below to learn more or visit here.


COVID-19 and Public Health: Take Action

As more people are being diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our area, and as our schools and businesses begin to make plans for people to remain home to slow the spread of the disease, it's important to remember the role that paid sick days and paid family leave can play during a public health emergency.

Workers needs paid sick days in the best of times, but when there are issues of public health, that time is needed more than ever. The same is true of paid family and medical leave, in order to be sure that people who need more time to recover - and their caregivers - can do so without risking their jobs.

After you follow CDC recommendations for handwashing and other safety measures, here are some steps you can take to help everyone access the time they need.

Sign a letter to Congress asking them to support legislation around paid sick days for public health emergenciesTake a look to see what kind of paid leave laws already exist where you liveReach out to your state legisla…

Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania

Census data tells us that 13% of Pennsylvania households live in poverty. In reality, even more households don’t have the income they need to reach self-sufficiency. One in four Pennsylvania households – over 846,000 – lack enough income to cover just the necessities.

Since 1997, PathWays PA has worked with Dr. Diana Pearce and the University of Washington to calculate The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania. Over the last 23 years, The Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania has documented the continuing increase in the real cost of living, illuminating the economic crunch experienced by so many families today.

Since 2010, PathWays PA and the University of Washington have also issued three versions of the Overlooked and Undercounted report, which looks at the number of households living above and below self-sufficiency.

You can now use the interactive materials below to find out what it takes to be self-sufficient in your county.
Click here to read the 2020 Overlooked and Un…