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In the States Roundup for March 18

Photo courtesy BikePortland.org on Flickr

Here's a look at some of the recent key battles in the states.

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Teamwork, from Sochi to Chicago

Olympic speedskater Emily Scott is the daughter of Springfield, Mo., Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 453 member Craig Scott

Title IX deserves a gold: While we cheer for Team USA and the amazing girls and women in the Olympic Games, let’s also give a shout out to Title IX, the 1972 law that put sports within reach of girls in a whole new way by requiring gender equity in schools. And make some noise for American Sarah Hendrickson, who last week became the first woman ever to take an official ski jump at a Winter Games.

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Momentum Plus Political Leadership

Momentum Plus Political Leadership

Why do we mark the anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in February? After activists had struggled for so many years, what was magical about February 1993?

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New York Mayor and Council Speaker Seek to Expand Paid Sick Leave to Tens of Thousands More Workers

Photo courtesy Bill de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are unveiling a plan that would expand the number of city businesses required to provide paid sick leave for their workers by tens of thousands. Under the proposal, set to be released in Brooklyn today, any company with five or more workers would be required to provide some form of paid sick leave. According to The New York Times, the new rules would bring New York more in line with other cities, which already have similar rules.

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Union for Reform Judaism Pledges Support for Paid Sick Leave Legislation

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) resolved at its 2013 biennial convention last month to throw its denominational support and advocacy efforts behind paid sick leave legislation. The resolution also calls upon URJ congregations to support local paid sick leave campaigns and re-evaluate employment and contracting policies, making sure URJ congregations are an example of just employers in communities across the country.

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It's About to Get a Whole Lot Better to Be Sick in Portland

It's About to Get a Whole Lot Better to Be Sick in Portland

On Jan. 1, the new paid sick leave ordinance goes into effect in Portland, Ore. One of the organizations that supported the passage of the new rules, Family Forward Oregon, has created a helpful new FAQ to answer questions about the new law's rollout. Any employee who works 240 or more hours a year in the city of Portland will earn paid or unpaid sick leave, depending on the size of the company. The FAQ answers 16 questions about the new rules, from eligibility questions to how and when the leave can be used.

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$2.13 Is Not Enough: Restaurant Workers Confront Darden CEO Clarence Otis

Protest outside Darden Restaurants, Inc. shareholder meeting in Fla. Photo by Rob McGarrah

Darden Restaurants Inc., the company whose 28,000 workers serve at Red Lobster, Olive Garden and the upscale Capital Grille restaurants, found itself on the defensive in September, as CEO Clarence Otis tried to explain to shareholders why year after year earnings per share dropped and restaurant servers labored under a $2.13 per hour federal “tipped” minimum wage, with no paid sick leave.

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Tacoma Joins Campaign for Paid Sick Days

Tacoma Joins Campaign for Paid Sick Days

Workers, businesses and community groups in Tacoma, Wash., have made that Northwest city the latest to mobilize around a paid sick days campaign. Meanwhile, the Washington, D.C., City Council is exploring strengthening the district’s paid sick leave law.

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80% of Low-Wage Workers Lack Even One Paid Sick Day a Year

80% of Low-Wage Workers Lack Even One Paid Sick Day a Year

More than four in 10 private-sector workers and 80% of low-wage workers do not have paid sick days. This means people, especially women who are more likely to work in low-wage jobs, constantly have to choose between their health and a paycheck. 

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Paid Sick Days Do Work For Small Businesses

Paid Sick Days Do Work For Small Businesses

The New York Times recently reported on how small business owners in certain cities are dealing with paid sick days laws. The takeaway? These new requirements have caused very little pain. The article highlights Bill Stone, the owner of Café Atlas in San Francisco's Mission District, who was initially leery of paid sick days for his employees back in 2007 when San Francisco became the first city in the nation to implement a paid sick leave law. In 2007 Bill felt that the new paid sick law would only make it more expensive to run his business.

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