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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 02:29 PM
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***********Join the Online Rally for Healthy Families !!*************
Working people shouldn't have to choose between taking care of their health or a sick child, and a paycheck-or even a job. But in reality, millions of working people are forced to make those decisions. In fact, half of workers don't have a single paid sick day.

Join the Online Rally for Healthy Families! Send a message to Congress that working people need a basic standard of paid sick days.



www.everyonegetssick.org

Currently, there are no state or federal laws that require workplaces to guarantee paid sick days. It's time that our elected leaders update our labor laws to reflect the realities of today's working people and their families. The Healthy Families Act, introduced in the U.S. Congress, would establish a new standard of up to seven paid sick days per year for workers to recover from their own illness, or to care for sick family members.

Join the Online Rally for Healthy Families at www.everyonegetssick.org . Most of us can't make it to Washington to urge our members of Congress to support paid sick days. That's why we're rallying online. Join us in front of the U.S. Capitol building and voice your concerns. Hear from more than 20 community leaders and workers, and from our elected leaders about the need to pass the Healthy Families Act. You can share your story or upload your photo too.

Together, let's call on Congress to support our working families!

Coalition on Human Needs
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 02:56 PM
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1. Thanks! nt
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 02:59 PM
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2. Together, let's KICK this!
:kick:

Figure it this way: this kind of movement will bear fruit eventually. It's going to have to. Just as there's eventually going to HAVE TO BE some sort of answer on health care.

Especially as our baby boomer generation ages to the point of longterm sickness and infirmity and mass bankruptcy. It's going to have to be solved sooner or later.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:11 PM
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4. The longer it takes, the more suffering. This must END, and it must be
important to progressives!

Thanks, calimary!

:hi:
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smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:00 PM
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3. Kick!
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:35 PM
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9. Thanks, smokey!
:hi:
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smokey nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 05:17 PM
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18. Anything for you!
:pals:
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:25 PM
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5. This is very important to all americans
Edited on Wed Mar-19-08 03:26 PM by Beaverhausen
K&R

My boyfriend, who is a nurse, gets no paid sick leave. what is up with that?
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:29 PM
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6. What???? That's really screwy!
Please, ask him to take action on this, too!

What a SICKO society!!
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:35 PM
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8. He can't. He does homecare and even though he works 56 hours a week
for the same company, 52 weeks a year and has been for over 13 years, technically he is a "temp."

The last time he got a raise was 3 years ago, and when he asked recently, they told him he was lucky he wasn't getting a 10% pay cut like other nursing agencies were doing.



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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:40 PM
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10. I don't understand. He can't spread the word, or share his story, or help this effort
in any way?

If we can't/won't take action, then we can't complain.

It's time to speak up!
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 04:11 PM
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15. Oh- yes, he can. I misunderstood you
He has tried with his own employer and can't get anywhere.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 04:43 PM
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16. that's exactly WHY we must act on these events that have been organized.
NO, he can't get anywhere with his employer, and neither can millions of other people.

We need to begin to understand that we can't put on our rugged individualist outfit and do it all alone.

We are in this together, and that is precisely what this event is about.

There are NO individual solutions.

We're all in this together.

I wish people would look at the website, and find things they can join in with!!

Or, we can keep complaining, and getting nowhere.
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 04:02 PM
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14. My Daughter is an RN...
and many of them are overworked and underpayed, but thankfully for her she has a good employer, she is on paid maternity leave right now. There are MANY options out there for Nurses. So maybe if your boyfriend and his fellow Nurses deciced to take a stand, his employer would have a change of heart.

There are links on the sight in the OP www.everyonegetssick.org for him to share his story, take action, spread the word, tell others and more. Besides, Nursing jobs are usually good jobs, but what about the low wage workers? They are the ones who usually have NO BENEFITS, so while helping himself he would also be helping others!!
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 04:45 PM
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17. Thanks dajoki... there are so many options for people to take action on this!
"Besides, Nursing jobs are usually good jobs, but what about the low wage workers? They are the ones who usually have NO BENEFITS, so while helping himself he would also be helping others!!"

:applause:

We MUST get past this idea that it's only about us!!

Thanks for reminding us about all the various parts of that website, and that there are others to consider.
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nxylas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:29 PM
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7. K&R
This is incredibly important.
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:41 PM
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11. I hope it has better luck...
than its predecessors, this bill has been sitting around Congress since 2004 with no action. Maybe this time they will at least debate it?

K&R

H.R. 1542: Healthy Families Act http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1542
S. 910: Healthy Families Act http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-910

Legislation > 2007-2008 (110th Congress)
H.R. 1542: Healthy Families Act
To provide for paid sick leave to ensure that Americans can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.

Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro show cosponsors (80)
Cosponsors
Rep. Neil Abercrombie
Rep. Thomas Allen
Rep. Joe Baca
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Howard Berman
Rep. Timothy Bishop
Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Lois Capps
Rep. Michael Capuano
Rep. Russ Carnahan
Del. Donna Christensen
Rep. William Clay
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Rep. Steve Cohen
Rep. John Conyers
Rep. Elijah Cummings
Rep. Danny Davis
Rep. Michael Doyle
Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Rahm Emanuel
Rep. Anna Eshoo
Rep. Bob Filner
Rep. Barney Frank
Rep. Al Green
Rep. Raul Grijalva
Rep. Luis Gutirrez
Rep. Phil Hare
Rep. Maurice Hinchey
Rep. Mazie Hirono
Rep. Rush Holt
Rep. Michael Honda
Rep. Jesse Jackson
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee
Rep. Dale Kildee
Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Rep. Tom Lantos
Rep. John Larson
Rep. Barbara Lee
Rep. John Lewis
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Rep. Stephen Lynch
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Rep. Edward Markey
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. James McDermott
Rep. James McGovern
Rep. Michael McNulty
Rep. Kendrick Meek
Rep. Michael Michaud
Rep. George Miller
Rep. Gwen Moore
Rep. James Moran
Rep. Christopher Murphy
Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Del. Eleanor Norton
Rep. James Oberstar
Rep. John Olver
Rep. Frank Pallone
Rep. William Pascrell
Rep. Donald Payne
Rep. David Price
Rep. Charles Rangel
Rep. Steven Rothman
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Linda Snchez
Rep. Janice Schakowsky
Rep. Jos Serrano
Rep. Joe Sestak
Rep. Fortney Stark
Rep. Betty Sutton
Rep. Edolphus Towns
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen
Rep. Nydia Velzquez
Rep. Henry Waxman
Rep. Anthony Weiner
Rep. Robert Wexler
Rep. Lynn Woolsey
Rep. Albert Wynn
Cosponsorship information sometimes is out of date. Why?
Bill Text: Summaries (CRS) http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1542...
Full Text: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-...
Status: Introduced Mar 15, 2007
Scheduled for Debate - NO
Voted on in House - NO
Voted on in Senate - NO
Signed by President - NO

This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills go first to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills never make it out of committee. Keep in mind that sometimes the text of one bill is incorporated into another bill, and in those cases the original bill, as it would appear here, would seem to be abandoned.
Last Action: Jun 27, 2007: House Education and Labor: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
Show All Related Votes

This bill is identical to S. 910 (Status: Introduced). http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-910

Committee Assignments
This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process where the bill is considered in committee and may undergo significant changes in markup sessions. The bill has been referred to the following committees:
House Oversight and Government Reform
House Administration
House Education and Labor
House Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
House Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

Related Legislation

108th Congress: H.R. 4575Dead http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s108-2520
109th Congress: S. 932Dead http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-932
109th Congress: S. 1085Dead http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-1085
109th Congress: H.R. 1902Dead http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-1902
110th Congress: S. 910Introduced http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-910
110th Congress: H.R. 1542Introduced
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1542
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 03:44 PM
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12. Thanks, dajoki! NOW... look at this....
3.06.08 - DC Becomes Second in Nation to Guarantee Paid Sick Days
On March 4th, thousands of DC workers gained the right to paid sick and safe days. The hard work of the DC Paid Sick and Safe Days Coalition, which includes unions, workers, and advocates, has made the District the second jurisdiction in the nation to guarantee workers paid time off to recover from illness or care for a sick family member. And DCs new law is the first to ensure that workers dealing with domestic violence can take paid time off for court appearances or to seek necessary services. More
http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer?page...

We MUST learn to start taking ACTION!!!
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 06:14 PM
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20. A look at...
the map on the link from that website shows how much farther we have to go!!

http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer?page...
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 06:41 PM
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23. i wonder ...
what possible reason could they have for not getting this on the floor for a vote. I'd like to hear them say it out loud.
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iris5426 Donating Member (697 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 04:02 PM
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13. Kick! :-)
:kick:
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LiveLiberally Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 05:59 PM
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19. Another way we lag behind every other advanced industrial nation.... K&R /nt
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 07:21 PM
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25. And part of it is, because THEY demanded it, we don't.
:cry:
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apocalypsehow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 06:17 PM
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21. K & R.
n/t.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 06:34 PM
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22. K&R for healthy families ! n/t
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Delphinus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 07:09 PM
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24. Don't get lost!
:kick:
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 07:47 PM
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26. K&R for sanity!
Thanks bobbo - you post the things that really matter. :hug:
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 07:51 PM
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27. Thanks for that. I just wish it mattered enough to DU to actually take action.
Edited on Wed Mar-19-08 07:52 PM by bobbolink
It's all laid out there... there are a multitude of actions to chose from.

There are ways to build power, and make our voices heard.

Yet....

We pass on it, and "DU" the next silly poll...

:cry:

:loveya:
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 08:46 PM
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28. Please log in to the website, and participate!
You may help your neighbor or even yourself by doing so.

Please, take action!

Thanks!
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demgurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 09:30 PM
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29. K & R because this is important.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 12:35 PM
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37. You're right, it's most important.
Thanks!

:pals:
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 09:41 PM
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30. Wonderful Thanks

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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 11:43 AM
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35. Thank you. Please pass it on to others!
:hi:
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 11:03 PM
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31. A step in the right direction. K & R.
:kick: & R


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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 11:44 AM
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36. Thanks, greyhound!
:pals:
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 11:12 PM
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32. k&r! (nt)
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caseycoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 04:27 AM
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33. K&R Thanks for posting this! n/t
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 11:31 AM
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34. Pushing back to the top, because this is important and doesn't deserve to die.
Please, read the website.

I realize it's not "sexy", but it IS important.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 01:23 PM
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38. Totally agree!
:kick:
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-22-08 10:22 PM
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39. Me too!
thanks for this! and heres another kick!!
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