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YesOn4 in Massachusetts: Time for Paid Sick Leave in The Bay State

YesOn4 in Massachusetts: Time for Paid Sick Leave in The Bay State

Monday, 22 September 2014

People who will benefit from earned sick time in Massachusetts – Ballot Initiative 4 – are greeting activists enthusiastically at the door. They’re folks like Timothy Chouinard, a factory worker in Falls River who told them, “I knew you guys were going to stop. I’m the typical person that you guys are working for right here.” He went on to describe losing $80-$100 when he was out sick one day, and how his wife, who works at the same factory, was docked two days’ pay when their boys were ill. “I support this then,” he said. “Hell, yeah.”

Massachusetts Healthcare Providers Endorse Earned Sick Time Ballot Question

Monday, 22 September 2014

BOSTON – Partners HealthCare is among four of the state’s leading health care providers that today endorsed Question 4 on the November ballot, which would ensure earned sick time for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts families. Joining Partners in offering support are Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center and Steward Health Care. “Everyone should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick, but so many people in our state cannot earn a single hour of paid sick time to care for themselves or a loved one,” said Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. “They deserve better, and Question 4 will help ensure this becomes a reality.” “For many employed parents, taking time off to care for a sick child means losing income or, worse, risking their job,” said Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. “By letting employees take time off to take their child to a doctor, Question 4 will support working families and keep our children healthy.”

Massachusetts advocates optimistic about paid sick leave ballot: ‘We need public policies that lift people up and keep families healthy’

Friday, 22 August 2014

After nearly a decade of hoping state legislators would pass an earned paid sick time law, advocates in Massachusetts decided it was time to put the question to voters. Now, in November, voters will have the chance to help improve the lives of nearly 1 million workers who can’t earn one, single hour of sick leave and are often left to choose between caring for themselves or a loved one, paying the bills or losing a job. “This is about fundamental fairness in the workplace,” said Elizabeth Toulan, a senior attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and former coordinator of the Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition. “There’s something that seems fundamentally unfair about looking at a worker and acting as if they don’t have these needs. This is so basic. It arises for all of us at some point.”
Alex Marceau

Earned Sick Time

Tuesday, 04 February 2014

The battle on earned sick time, and why it matters. By Joe Di Mauro, Grassroots Coordinator CSJ
Transition Needed after Brayton Point Closure in 2017

Transition Needed after Brayton Point Closure in 2017

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Brayton Point's closure announcement should be a wake-up call for the Commonwealth. The era of coal is coming to a close, and without a plan to replace the lost jobs and tax base, everyday working families in Southeastern Massachusetts are facing dire economic peril. We call on the Massachusetts legislature to support us in this time of trouble. Work with us to grow strong, vibrant communities, a cleaner power grid, and an economy that's built to last.

SRTA receiving an extra $4.5 million, and Bus Riders United has some suggestions

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Members of Bus Riders United of Southeastern Massachusetts planned to attend Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Advisory Board in New Bedford and make the case for restoring bus service, including Sunday bus service in the SouthCoast ridership that includes Fall River.

Report by environmental groups estimates Brayton Point's financial toll on health of residents

Report by environmental groups estimates Brayton Point's financial toll on health of residents

Wednesday, 07 August 2013

While gathered at the Kennedy Park Overlook, just across the bay from the Brayton Point Power Station, anti-coal activists announced a new report that claims the power plant’s continued operation will cause between $2 billion to $6 billion worth of harm to the health of SouthCoast residents over the next decade.

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