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"Contagion": How Paid Sick Days Can Keep This Disaster Horror Movie From Becoming a Reality

 
 
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 Haven't seen the box office-topping "Contagion" yet so no spoilers here, but more than one person has mentioned that upon leaving the film all they want to do is wash their hands. And if you live in New York and ride the subway, you know that the MTA encourages people who might be feeling sick to stay home and avoid spreading disease. But as this very real PSA from Family Values at Work points out, not everyone has paid sick leave—and the decision between staying home with no pay or working ill and making enough to get by could mean the line between life and death. 

 

As WFAW observes:

During the H1N1 outbreak, 7 million Americans caught the flu from their co-workers – in part because so many hard-working people without paid sick days were unable to stay home sick without being fired or losing a day’s wage.

Watch the real stories of five of the 44 million people who have been forced to go into work when they are sick because they couldn’t afford to or weren’t allowed to take time off.

To get involved, go here.

 

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at September 12, 2011, 6:17am

 
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