The Next Big Progressive Fight

The dust has barely settled on the grand living wage compromise and progressive forces are already mobilizing for their next initiative. On the steps of City Hall today, City Council Members and labor leaders announced what it would be: a bill requiring businesses to give their employees paid sick days off.

“We were here a year ago. We got close, we thought we were going to finally see passage about a year ago,” Dan Cantor, the Executive Director of the Working Family, announced. “Politics is hard, so we come back now, a year later.”

Things have changed, Mr. Cantor insisted, citing other localities that have passed similar bills, and the Occupy Wall Street protests energizing the public.

Democrats also contend that both legislative tweaks and the political environment make things much more favorable for paid sick day advocates this time around than the start of 2011, when Council Speaker Chris Quinn shelved the legislation.

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  1. David Hurlburt says:

    Paid Sick leave

     

    Paid Sick leave

     

     

     

    I
    asked my boss for a day off, because my child was sick.

                    I said make it a sick day,
    vacation, or you can pick.

                    She said hire a nurse or get
    some one else to stay!

                    Come to work right now or you
    will get no pay!

     

                    I weighed the choice she gave
    me, it was oh so very clear,

    My
    darling baby daughter needed her mother to be near.

    So
    I stayed home after we went to see the Doc.

    Loosing
    one days pay would only put me in hock.

     

    To
    my surprise, on my return she was now going to write me up!

    I
    was now to be on attendance control and better not screw up. 

    The
    next absence, a suspension and a couple of days without pay;

    For
    taking care of my baby daughter this is just not fair I say.

     

     

    Not
    any paid time off for the family that they cannot take away.

    No
    vacation, Paid time off or any time; it is just not right I say.

    No,
    No, says the Boss our sick leave is only just for you.

    We
    won’t pay you and you can’t use your vacation too.

     

    You
    better be here every day; we have work for you to do,

    Or
    with our attendance control we’ll just get rid of you.

    The
    ideal employee is one who is Single
    By Choice.

    Company
    employees should sing in one single voice.

    .

    We
    did not hire your Family, not mom, dad, husband or wife.

    No
    Family commitments! Now that’s for all your working life.

    If
    you get sick or have a family don’t bother to apply.

    You
    must be here each and every day until your fired or die!

     

    There
    ought to be a law to stop policies like that!

    I
    went to see the CONGRESS and to have a little chat!

    Don’t
    look to congress, REPUBLICIANS WANT NO mandates,

    Nor
    will you get any help from THEM IN THE  legislatures in your states.

     

    Working families, we need to
    lobby congress and the legislatures too.

    We need a law so are jobs
    are protected when our children gets the flu.

    Don’t
    loose heart we fought back and we did win at the ballot box.

    We
    got a new sick leave law in San Francisco, the city that
    rocks.

     

    We
    won in San Francisco you can win in
    your city too.            

    We
    can win in the states; but it will take work to win there too.

    In
    the House and in the Senate the bills have been put in..

    Stick
    together and fight for our families and together we will win.

     

     

                                    By David G.
    Hurlburt, CWA Local 9410 Steward

     

     

     

    I
    asked my boss for a day off, because my child was sick.

                    I said make it a sick day,
    vacation, or you can pick.

                    She said hire a nurse or get
    some one else to stay!

                    Come to work right now or you
    will get no pay!

     

                    I weighed the choice she gave
    me, it was oh so very clear,

    My
    darling baby daughter needed her mother to be near.

    So
    I stayed home after we went to see the Doc.

    Loosing
    one days pay would only put me in hock.

     

    To
    my surprise, on my return she was now going to write me up!

    I
    was now to be on attendance control and better not screw up. 

    The
    next absence, a suspension and a couple of days without pay;

    For
    taking care of my baby daughter this is just not fair I say.

     

     

    Not
    any paid time off for the family that they cannot take away.

    No
    vacation, Paid time off or any time; it is just not right I say.

    No,
    No, says the Boss our sick leave is only just for you.

    We
    won’t pay you and you can’t use your vacation too.

     

    You
    better be here every day; we have work for you to do,

    Or
    with our attendance control we’ll just get rid of you.

    The
    ideal employee is one who is Single
    By Choice.

    Company
    employees should sing in one single voice.

    .

    We
    did not hire your Family, not mom, dad, husband or wife.

    No
    Family commitments! Now that’s for all your working life.

    If
    you get sick or have a family don’t bother to apply.

    You
    must be here each and every day until your fired or die!

     

    There
    ought to be a law to stop policies like that!

    I
    went to see the CONGRESS and to have a little chat!

    Don’t
    look to congress, REPUBLICIANS WANT NO mandates,

    Nor
    will you get any help from THEM IN THE  legislatures in your states.

     

    Working families, we need to
    lobby congress and the legislatures too.

    We need a law so are jobs
    are protected when our children gets the flu.

    Don’t
    loose heart we fought back and we did win at the ballot box.

    We
    got a new sick leave law in San Francisco, the city that
    rocks.

     

    We
    won in San Francisco you can win in
    your city too.            

    We
    can win in the states; but it will take work to win there too.

    In
    the House and in the Senate the bills have been put in..

    Stick
    together and fight for our families and together we will win.

     

     

                                    By David G.
    Hurlburt, CWA Local 9410 Steward