Greetings Paid Sick Days supporters:
Another update and another round of evidence that NC’s Campaign for Paid Sick Days has upgraded its viral status from the flu to salmonella (don’t worry, we’re not selling peanut butter as a fundraiser). The last several weeks have been frenetic-in a good way-and we officially launched our NC campaign, got an explosion of news coverage, watched our friends in Connecticut pass their paid sick days bill out of the House Labor committee, and are gearing up for more action to come. Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in North Carolina, around the country, and recent news articles:
NC’s Campaign for Paid Sick Days kicks off with a bang On Wednesday, March 4, many of our coalition partners and legislative allies descended upon the Legislative Building Press Room as we officially launched our 2009 paid sick days campaign. Our star-studded line-up of speakers:
- Rep. Alma Adams started us off with the plea that in this economy, workers especially need paid sick days. Click here for audio clip.
- Blair Brown, a CAT bus operator, shared his story of how having paid sick days was critical in caring for his wife who doesn’t have them. Click here for clip.
- Jeannine Sato spoke on behalf of Moms Rising and detailed how “Mom’s get it why paid sick days are so important” and she did it with her beautiful daughter Hana on her hip (double kudos!). Click here for clip.
- Diana Hatch of AARP-NC outlined why paid sick days are so important for elderly caregivers and our older loved ones they take care of. Click here for clip.
Thanks to all of you who came out and supported us and golly, the press noticed as you’ll see below. If you missed the press conference, don’t worry, you can watch it on repeat here.
Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act introduced in Senate Now we’ve got not just one but two paid sick days bills in the NC General Assembly. Yesterday, Senator Katie Dorsett (D-Guilford) introduced the Senate Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act, SB 534 and just like on the House side, we’ve got a great roster of co-sponsors, 14 of them. If any of the following Senators represent you, send them a quick note and thank them for co-sponsoring SB 534: Senators Dorsett, Atwater, D. Berger, Bingham, Dannelly, Davis, Goss, Kinnaird, Malone, McKissick, Nesbitt, Purcell, Rand, and Snow.
First Town Hall Meetings to start next week-join us & spread the word Our roadshow officially kicks off on Monday, March 16 in High Point and then you can catch us in Durham on Thursday, March 19. Yep, our Paid Sick Days Town Hall Meetings are nearly underway. Come join us when we pass through your area, learn about the campaign, and share your story. Here’s the roster:
- High Point Town Hall: March 16 from 6pm-8pm at the Deep River Friends Meeting–Fellowship Hall
- Durham Town Hall: March 19 from 6:30pm-8pm at the Durham Main Public Library
- Fayetteville Town Hall: March 25, 6pm-8pm, The Bordeaux Library
- Rocky Mount Town Hall: March 26, 6pm-8pm, Opportunities Industrial Center, Community Room
- Asheville Town Hall: April 7, 6pm-8pm, location TBD
And to wrap up the tour, we’ll be hitting up Charlotte, Wilmington, and Greenville in mid-April. To attend any Town Hall’s, please RSVP to Ajamu@ncjustice.org or (919) 856-3194.
Press coverage round-up Despite the fact that Governor Perdue signed her first bill at a press conference at the exact same time as ours, the media couldn’t ignore paid sick days:
- Paid sick leave bill a concern for small business owners, Fayetteville Observer, March 13
- State legislators debate whether businesses should provide sick leave, Shelby Star, March 9
- Paid Sick Days, WFDD-Winston-Salem NPR affiliate, March 7, no link available
- Getting Paid to Get Better, WNCT-Greenville, March 5
- Paid Sick Days segment, WUNC, March 5
- Group pushes for Paid Sick Days, News & Observer, March 5
- Group pushes for Paid Sick Days, Charlotte Observer, March 5
- Wednesday at the NC General Assembly, The Sun News, March 5 (Associated Press story, picked up various locations)
- Group formed to advocate for paid sick days, Asheville Citizen-Times, March 5
- Supporters rally for paid sick days, WRAL, March 4
- New campaign for paid sick days, NBC-17, March 4
- Paid Sick Days, Que Pasa, March 5, no link available
- Paid Sick Days,” Independent Weekly, March 4
- Bill would require paid sick days, Under the Dome (N&O blog), March 4
Don’t get sick and as always, check out our website at www.ncsickdays.org for more info and updates.