Surprise, surprise, the Pennsylvania legislature wants to pass a bill (HB 1807) that would prevent municipalities from passing their own sick leave and/or paid leave laws. Small government at work! Astoundingly, four out of every 10 Pennsylvania workers currently can't earn a damn day off, and since this reactionary legislature is too busy pretending that corporate welfare handouts are the magic pill for whatever ails our economy, municipal councils are left to do the work of helping workers and customers. Ah, but our reactionary legislature is not too busy to administer the back of its hand to those towns and cities whose governments show compassion and common sense! Moms Rising helps you hand out the beatdowns to your Pennsylvania state legislator. Brook no nonsense about the cost to small businesses -- small businesses lose when folks can't keep their jobs when they get sick or need to care for a sick relative or need to resolve domestic violence issues, because then those folks don't have money to spend at small businesses.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to support a $10/hour federal minimum wage, Democracy for America provides one more. Voters in New Jersey, you may recall, voted to hike their state's minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.25/hour, while the $15/hour minimum wage initiative maintains a (very!) slight lead in the city of SeaTac, Washington, where votes are still being counted as of this writing. I must confess that, as much as I never, ever get tired of right-wingers telling us the minimum wage will cause unemployment when it's the greed of their corporate heroes that causes unemployment, I also never, ever get enough of right-wing idiots who screech "well, then, why not a $40/hour minimum wage?" whenever a minimum wage hike comes up in conversation. Hey, pimps? No one has advocated for a $40/hour minimum wage. This is a $10/hour minimum wage. Got it, right-wingers? Not $40, or whatever scare number you like to employ in your endless attempts at stoking rage in other people. $10. It's not a slippery slope.