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  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Preserving Democracy in Pennsylvania

    2014-10-17 13:53:09View | Delete

    ThumbnailDomes at the capitol complex in Harrisburg, PA.It had all the trappings of an ALEC-backed attack on democracy:  Push out a bill prohibiting local governments from passing workplace protections in their own communities. If all else failed, tack the measure onto some popular bill as an amendment and hope the supporters of that bill would want [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Respect the Bump Gets Results as Well as Respect

    2014-09-25 09:19:35View | Delete

    ThumbnailRespect ItGirshriela Green got involved the day someone called saying he wanted to make a change at Walmart – the corporation that had left her seriously injured from overwork and seriously underpaid. “I was sitting at home in a neck brace,” she said, “going, how did I land here – I was a model employee, I [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: FMLA Anniversary: Dare to Imagine the World We Deserve

    2014-08-05 14:11:09View | Delete

    ThumbnailTwenty-one. This number has come to symbolize adulthood. It means good luck in cards. But when it comes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, twenty-one stands for “too damn long” – too little progress over too many years. 21 years after it’s birth, can we extend FMLA to protect more families? On August 5, 1993, [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Another Boost for the Paid Sick Days Movement

    2014-02-27 12:20:13View | Delete

    ThumbnailMore than a quarter million New Yorkers got a big boost yesterday when the City Council voted 45-6 to expand its paid sick days law. In a city where “a lot of people are one paycheck away from disaster,” as Mayor de Blasio put it in an interview with Chris Hayes, the vote constituted an important [...]

  • Why are opponents so concerned about local communities deciding what’s best for the health and welfare of their residents? Because these naysayers, fueled by lobbyists and financing from mega corporations, know such reforms lead to change statewide and nationally. Local wins provide living proof that minimum standards like paid sick days and paid family leave [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Clinton, de Blasio Speak Out For Paid Sick Days

    2014-01-06 15:38:41View | Delete

      2014 promises another string of wins for policies like paid sick days that boost the economic security of families and of the economy overall. Recently two political leaders reminded us of the urgency of our task. On New Year’s Day, Bill de Blasio spoke to a large audience at his inauguration as the 109th mayor of [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Flu Prevention? Try Paid Sick Days

    2013-01-11 04:57:02View | Delete

    Ask Adela Valdez how it feels to hear public health experts on TV explain ways to limit a flu outbreak. Get a flu shot, wash your hands, they advise – and if you get the flu, stay home until 24 hours after your fever’s gone. “One day, I had a fever but I went to [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Football and Family

    2012-11-12 15:18:46View | Delete

    I’m a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, but I have to hand it to Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who was determined to be with his wife when she delivered their fourth child, even if it meant missing Sunday’s game against the Texans. Tillman told the press on Wednesday, “At the end of the day, (family is) [...]

  • Thumbnail Two thousand workers who clean the rooms and serve the food at hotels in Long Beach, California had special cause for celebration election night. They will finally earn a living wage and be able take a sick day without risking a paycheck or a job. “I have said all along that the second thing I [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Protesters Expose NFIB Bus Tour in Orlando

    2012-11-02 13:55:55View | Delete

    Thumbnail When the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) rolled into Orlando with its “I Built My Business” bus tour, they ran into some unexpected company – a crowd of 70 local business owners, community leaders, and Orlando voters who rejected the group’s claims to be a legitimate representative of small business.  The protesters, some wearing [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Fight Voter Suppression in Orlando

    2012-09-13 08:18:19View | Delete

    This is what democracy does NOT look like: Hundreds of community activists, faith leaders, business owners and others in Orange County, Florida, identified the need for workers to earn paid sick days as a critical way to keep jobs and boost the economy. They scrupulously followed all the rules. That included spending weeks gathering signatures, [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: End Unchecked Use of ‘Job Killer’ Allegations

    2012-06-20 09:11:41View | Delete

    ThumbnailThe right wing relies on an old method of deception:  repeat something often enough and people will begin to accept it as fact. And when the media acts as a conduit for delivering this message without verification, false truths spread at a rapid pace. A new media study by two academics reviewed the use of the term [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Who Speaks for Small Business? Not the NFIB

    2012-05-23 11:50:28View | Delete

    The National Federation of Independent Businesses loves to wrap itself in the flag of neighborhood Mom and Pop shops when it lobbies on Capitol Hill, but many small business owners maintain the NFIB’s agenda doesn’t address their priorities, and say the lobbying group even fights against policies that small businesses need. As Reuters recently reported , “the [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: The Gifts Mothers Really Want

    2012-05-10 07:53:07View | Delete

    ThumbnailMy favorite Mother’s day gifts from my sons were their original stories, songs and poems. But what I needed when they were infants and toddlers was something children can’t deliver:  affordable time off when they were born and when they were sick. So for all those candidates and elected officials interested in the women’s vote and [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Stop the War on Mothers

    2012-04-13 13:40:38View | Delete

    Thumbnail I love the image of conservatives hiding behind the flag of motherhood to protect themselves against charges of gender insensitivity. It’s like kids who move the couch to cover up a stain and hope no one will notice. By all means, let’s talk about the importance of motherhood. We can start with the right to [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Celebrate Second Annivesary of Affordable Care Act

    2012-03-23 04:11:31View | Delete

    Experts like to talk about cost-benefit analyses. Badly needed reforms to inefficient systems may cost money, but often the benefits from that change far outweigh the costs. What gets overlooked is the cost of NOT implementing reforms. Take the Affordable Health Care Act, which is celebrating its second anniversary. Offsetting the costs to reform our [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Abra-ca-dabra Arithmetic Won’t Cancel Paid Sick Days

    2012-02-29 11:27:51View | Delete

    Paid sick days are good for our economy, according to numerous studies by seasoned economists.  That’s why Americans in cities and states across the country from all parts of the political spectrum support this policy . The same policy is under fierce attack by big corporate lobbyists, whose job it is to protect the top 1% of society [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Fighting Gender Inequality in the Restaurant Industry

    2012-02-13 14:42:11View | Delete

    Name a country where large numbers of women legally earn less than minimum wage and have to drag themselves to work sick or risk losing their job. To all the places that come to mind, add the United States of America. The workers in question are employed in one of the largest and fastest growing sectors [...]

  • Thumbnail The group that led the fight for paid sick days in Milwaukee has filed an ethics charge against a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, after learning that he had accepted free legal services worth tens of thousands of dollars from the same law firm that appeared before him to argue against paid sick days in Milwaukee. [...]

  • EllenBravo wrote a new diary post: Connecticut Workers Welcome Paid Sick Days

    2012-01-04 05:27:56View | Delete

    This time last year, Desiree Rosado, a school bus driver in Groton, Connecticut, was dreading flu season. “Working without paid sick days, you’re always worried about what will happen if you get sick,” she said. “When my kids caught the swine flu, I missed a week of pay to stay home and take care of [...]

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