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Grassroots Movement for Paid Sick Days for Workers Picking Up Steam Across the Country

A broad coalition across the country is fighting--and winning--battles for workers' right to stay home when they're ill.

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Bravo added that cracks have formed in the lobbyists’ resistance to the legislation, and some former opponents are now coming out in support of paid sick days. She cited a June 2010 article in Bloomberg’s Business Week in which Golden Gate Restaurant Association director Kevin Westlye—a lobbyist who had formerly opposed San Francisco’s paid sick days law—wass quoted as saying paid sick days “is the best public policy for the least cost. Do you want your server coughing over your food?” 

Mariya Strauss is a writer who lives in Baltimore.

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