Join us tomorrow at the Big Latch On 2015

Today and tomorrow, Women’s Law Project and the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health will be participating tomorrow in the Big Latch On 2015.

What is the Big Latch On?

The Big Latch On is a worldwide event where groups of women come together at registered events in public places to breastfeed their babies. The goal is to celebrate breastfeeding, raise awareness of breastfeeding support within the community, and advocate for nursing women. Organizers of the Big Latch On imagine a world where every family was supported, nurtured by their community, and where breastfeeding is a normal part of life.

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Members of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health will be at as many of the Big Latch On events as possible there to support participants, and to talk about a proposed bill currently under consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature.

Sanitary Conditions for Nursing Mothers (HB1100), sponsored by Rep. Mary Jo Daley, would require employers to provide a private, sanitary space and break time for employees who need to express breast milk.

Though medical professionals agree that breastfeeding is best for baby and mom, too many women stop nursing because there are not enough workplace protections for new mothers who need to pump at work. The fact is that right now, nursing mothers in Philadelphia enjoy more workplace protections than women living elsewhere in the state.

Where can you find us?

Big Latch On events will be held across the state of Pennsylvania. You can view a full list of the Pennsylvania locations here.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, a group of organizations and individuals calling for an end to letting ideological politics trump common-sense policy solutions in Pennsylvania, will be at the following Big Latch On events:

Columbus Square Park, South Philadelphia

1200 Wharton Street

 

Franklin Square Park, Philadelphia

200 Sixth Street

 

Roche Park, Meadville, PA

Patricia Drive

 

Bi-County WIC, Williamsport, PA

612 West 4th Street

 

Liberty Park Ampitheater, Erie, PA

Public Access Walkway

Tara Murtha of Women’s Law Project will be at the Franklin Square event tomorrow, talking about the Pennsylvania Campaign and the current effort to protect nursing mothers who need to pump milk at work. Come by and say hello.

If you attend, share your photos at hashtags #BigLatchOn #BigLatchOnPA and #BigLatchOnPhilly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WLP Executive Director Carol E. Tracy Addresses the Failed Planned Parenthood Sting

Women’s Law Project Executive Director Carol E. Tracy recently spoke out about the misleadingly edited videos published by the ironically named fake organization “Center for Medical Progress” on The Rick Smith Show. Amid a whirlwind of media about the videos, Smith asked Tracy to provide an overview of the situation.

What follows is a lightly edited excerpt of the transcript:

“There [is] a group of anti-choice activists that created a fake company. [They] spent three years recording conversations with Planned Parenthood employees trying to entrap them into saying that they profit from selling fetal tissue. And it didn’t work! It was a complete stunning failed sting operation.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t profit from selling fetal tissue, [so] they couldn’t get them to say it on camera. Instead, they edited two and a half hours of film into a short clip to try to make that impression.

Everybody from Factcheck.org at the University of Pennsylvania to the New York Times debunked the misleading editing, but we still have these lawmakers running around using this propaganda as yet another excuse to try to defund Planned Parenthood and attack women’s access to critical, important healthcare.

It’s bizarre, to have this fake company led by people connected to a clinic bombing hawking a doctored video making false claims about their longtime target of Planned Parenthood. We know, and the public knows, that Planned Parenthood serves millions of women, giving them basic healthcare, access to contraception, cervical screenings, and STI information and testing. One in five American women have visited a PP for healthcare…

It’s a failed sting, it’s [part of] an ongoing attack. A poll that’s out today shows the public gets this. And they’re going to keep doing it, and keep doing it to try to keep this issue in the news. I think some of the conservatives don’t know what to do with themselves now that it looks like they lost on the LGBTQ issues, so they’re swinging back once again to attack women and women’s right to have access to constitutionally entitled healthcare…

What’s been lost in this discussion, what’s been totally lost in this, is the importance of fetal tissue research. You know 640,000 people a year would be dead from polio according to UNICEF, if it were not for the fetal tissue research that discovered the polio vaccine? It’s being used to try to develop treatments for Parkinson’s, for Alzheimer’s, for all kinds of medical issues. There’s an incredible important social good connected with that, and of course for the women who are having abortions. The fetal tissue research also comes from spontaneous abortion, miscarriages and stillbirths. Hospitals donate fetal tissue.

It’s regulated, it’s not something done for profit to the extent it’s done at Planned Parenthood or anywhere else in PA it’s closely regulated… To make Planned Parenthood this constant target of ire and the dismissal of understanding that so many women need and use Planned Parenthood for a variety of healthcare issues, it’s a disgrace. I’m absolutely convinced the public will not stand for it.”

 

You can listen to the interview in its entirety here.

Despite the fact that this propaganda attack targets Planned Parenthood and scientific and medical research at large, scientists have been conspicuously missing from the conversation. A recent article in the New York Times reveals an explanation for this vacuum: Scientists say they’re scared to speak out because they have received death threats for conducting research on fetal tissue.

This well-coordinated and well-funded campaign of targeted harassment has reached new heights when scientists are forced to hire security to guard them at their labs. Fetal tissue research has been common for decades, and is critical to medical advancement.

When life-saving, essential research taking place at the world’s most foremost medical research centers such as the National Institutes for Health results in death threats and hired-gun security, it is time to recognize something is terribly wrong with this picture, no matter what your personal beliefs are about abortion.

We will not be deceived or bullied. We stand with Planned Parenthood.

 

To request an interview with Carol E. Tracy or another Women’s Law Project attorney, contact Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject.org. 

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Support Earned Paid Sick Days in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council was scheduled to follow in the footsteps of Philadelphia and many other cities and vote for Paid Sick Days last week. At the last minute, Pittsburgh City Council members put the vote on hold for one week to work with advocates to create legislation that we could ALL be proud to support.

Show your support for paid sick days in Pittsburgh at a rally on June 30.

Show your support for paid sick days in Pittsburgh at a rally on June 30.

The Women’s Law Project is working with state and local allies such as Pittsburgh United, the Thomas Merton Center and Raise the Wage PA to ensure that Pittsburgh’s paid sick days ordinance protects working people and the public health while safeguarding small business.

We know from the fight in Philadelphia that in order to succeed, we must stand together.

People should not be forced to choose between risking the health of coworkers and customers by going to work sick, or losing their job.

More than 50,000 Pittsburghers don’t have access to one single paid sick day. Access to earned paid sick days is stratified by income level and race, with low-income, black and Asian workers least likely to have a paid sick day.

What can you do to support earned paid sick days in Pittsburgh?

Join citizens and advocates in calling for a meaningful paid sick day ordinance in Pittsburgh at a rally Thursday, July 30, at 1pm at the Pittsburgh City County Building, 414 Grant St 5th Floor.

RSVP for the rally at the Facebook page for Pittsburgh United.

Learn more and sign a petition supporting paid sick days at www.pghneedspaidsickdays.org

Are you a Pennsylvania business that supports a fair minimum wage? Sign here.

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Catch up with the Latest WLP News

It’s been a busy summer. So busy, in fact, that we wanted to reach out to you to give you a brief round-up of some of what’s been going in case you haven’t been able to keep up.

WLP’s Terry L. Fromson Honored as a Trailblazer

We’re thrilled to share the news that Women’s Law Project Managing Attorney Terry L. Fromson is being honored with a prestigious award by the American Bar Association for spearheading legal reform to improve systemic response to violence against women.

Fromson will be honored along with Vice President Joe Biden, who introduced the Violence Against Women Act in 1990, Senator Patrick Leahy, and other visionary leaders from across the country.

Terry will receive her well-deserved award on August 1 during a ceremony in Chicago.

You can read the full story here.

 

Women’s Law Project Stands with Planned Parenthood

This week, we’ve seen cynical politicians use deceptively edited video as a pretext to attack, and try to defund, Planned Parenthood. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so if you haven’t had a chance to sort through the coverage yet, we suggest you begin with this investigation by FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Center of the University of Pennsylvania. FactCheck’s findings clearly debunk the claims made by the creators of the videos, and the lies told by anti-choice activists seeking to use them for political gain.

From FactCheck.org:

The edited video, released July 14 by an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress, leaves the impression that [senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood] was talking about Planned Parenthood affiliates making money from fetal tissue. But the edited video ignores other things [she] said that contradict [their claim].

The fact is that some Planned Parenthood affiliates, with the consent of their patients, legally and lawfully enable patients who choose to donate fetal tissue for biomedical research to do so. As repeatedly stated—but edited out—of the video, Planned Parenthood does not profit from this service.

These attacks are not simply attacks on Planned Parenthood. They are also an attacks on biomedical research, and a cynical attempt to use propaganda to subvert ethical and legal scientific research.

Anti-choice extremists will go to any length to stigmatize abortion providers, politicize women’s health, and try to restrict abortion. It is shameful that they are politicizing tissue donation for further their agenda.

We are not deceived, and will not be bullied. We #StandwithPP.

 

Women’s Law Project Fights to Protect the Buffer Zone in Pittsburgh

After federal courts repeatedly upheld Pittsburgh’s 15-foot clinic buffer zone ordinance, opponents of legal abortion are still fighting to knock it down.

This week, Women’s Law Project attorneys and Thomas E. Zemaitis, a partner at the private law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Pro-Choice Escorts.

The fight in Pittsburgh is an important one, with implications for the safety of patients and providers across the country, so we will keep you posted.

You can read the full story here.

 

Calling for an investigation into the death of Sandra Bland

On July 10, a 28-year-old black woman named Sandra Bland was driving in Texas when she was pulled over for failing to signal while changing lanes.

Three days later, Bland was found dead in a jail cell. Authorities say she committed suicide, but the family are suspicious of that claim. According to CNN, county officials didn’t provide proof that jail staff had two hours of annual training with “the local mental health authorities … in accordance with their approved Mental Disabilities/Suicide Prevention Plan.” They also failed to check in with her as frequently as the law requires.

Authorities released video of the arrest, which shows an irate police trooper threaten to “light her up” with a taser, and then yank Bland out of the car. Off camera, Bland is heard yelling, “You are about to break my wrist!”

You can watch the arrest video here.

As advocates for women’s equality, we must speak out against violence against women of color.  We urge you to sign this petition calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to open a federal investigation into the death of Sandra Bland.

We will continue to #SayHerName

 

WLP Sets the Record Straight on “Histrionic” Criticism of Campus Rape Adjudication Processes

Recently, the editorial board of the Legal Intelligencer newspaper published a disturbing, ill-informed op-ed criticizing Title IX and current efforts to improve how colleges adjudicate allegations of rape on campus.

It is one thing when a debate centers on interpretation and opinion; it is another when discussion is plagued by the willful distortion of law in order to make a point. In their response to the Legal Intelligencer’s op-ed, Women’s Law Project Executive Director Carol E. Tracy and Managing Attorney Terry L. Fromson emphasize the fact that rape on campus is both a crime and a civil rights violation, and there must be remedies in both of these spheres.

From the op-ed:

Sexual assault victims—on or off campus—have been mistreated, mischaracterized, and essentially profiled as liars. It is time to stop. Instead of providing readers with thoughtful, nuanced legal analysis of the differences between the civil and criminal justice systems and school disciplinary proceedings, the editorial board confused them while recycling biased, outdated myths and stereotypes about rape victims. In 2015, The Legal should be finding and correcting these historic biases, not amplifying them.

Read the rest of the piece here.

 

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WLP Managing Attorney Terry L. Fromson Honored as Trailblazer

 

Fromson honored for spearheading legal reform to improve systemic response to violence against women

Terry L. Fromson, managing attorney of the Women’s Law Project, has been chosen to receive a prestigious 20/20 Vision Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. Marking its 20th anniversary, the Commission created the 20/20 Vision Award to honor 20 lawyers who have played key roles in improving societal response to domestic and sexual violence. Fromson will be honored along with Vice President Joe Biden, who introduced the Violence Against Women Act in 1990, Senator Patrick Leahy, and other visionary leaders from across the country.

WLP Managing Attorney Terry L. Fromson is being honored for spearheading legal reform to improve systemic response to violence against women.

WLP Managing Attorney Terry L. Fromson is being honored for spearheading legal reform to improve systemic response to violence against women.

One of Fromson’s many accomplishments noted by the Commission is her pioneering work exposing disgraceful and widespread practices of insurance companies that discriminated against domestic violence victims. As it so often does, Fromson’s inquiry began when a courageous woman reported that she was denied health, life and mortgage insurance because she had told her doctor she was assaulted by her husband. After investigating the details of this woman’s case, Fromson worked with allies to collect documentation of similar stories, and analyzed insurance company regulations and procedures regarding domestic violence.

Fromson discovered that insurance companies were using information about abuse learned from medical records and insurance databases to deny insurance altogether, charge increased premiums, cancel coverage, and refuse to pay claims. And they were doing it in health, life, disability, and property insurance. In some cases, insurance companies refused to provide group coverage for a business if any employees had a documented history of domestic violence.

Such discrimination has dangerous consequences. For example, if a batterer set a spouse’s house on fire, the insurance company could deny the claim made by the victim by using an exclusion for “intentional acts.” Through this practice, insurance companies were essentially helping abusers achieve their goal of leaving victims without any options or ability to recover, or move on.

After investigating and documenting the problem, Fromson and allies spearheaded legal reform by working with insurance regulators and lawmakers to draft legislation. Since then, 45 states and D.C. have passed legislation that prohibits insurers from using a history of domestic violence to inform coverage.

Battling insurance discrimination is just one of many pioneering projects Fromson has undertaken through her career, which has been entirely dedicated to serving the public interest.

In Pennsylvania, Fromson helped change the law to provide victims of domestic violence a safe and confidential process to change their names. In Philadelphia, Fromson played a leading role in a 15-year campaign to improve police and prosecutorial responses to sexual assault and domestic violence, which ultimately led to the FBI adopting an expanded definition of rape. The expanded definition enables the collection of more accurate data on rape reported to law enforcement, which in turn facilitates better response to sexual assault all over the country.

Currently, Fromson serves as an advisor to the American Law Institute’s project to update the Model Penal Code’s sexual assault provisions. She routinely engages in litigation, files administrative complaints and authors amicus briefs to obtain redress for individual victims and to eliminate institutional bias. Fromson has brought significant high-impact litigation seeking redress for sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and inequities in athletic programs.

Fromson joined the Women’s Law Project in 1994. Fromson earned her Bachelor of Arts at Swarthmore College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Immediately after completing law school, Fromson began her public interest career at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.

In the offices of Women’s Law Project, Fromson is admired for her unparalleled work ethic and incredible ability to methodically work through countless pages of tedious regulations—such as insurance policy rules—to find the right solution to a legal problem that needs fixing.

“We are so pleased that Terry’s multi-faceted work on domestic and sexual violence will be recognized this way,” says Carol E. Tracy, Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project. “We’re thrilled the American Bar Association has chosen her for this great honor.”

I have had the honor of working with Terry for over 20 years,” adds Sue Frietsche, Senior Attorney at the Women’s Law Project. “She is a brilliant lawyer and tireless advocate whose passion for equality and justice is inspiring.”

Fromson will receive her award in a ceremony taking place in Chicago on August 1.

The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest law center devoted to women’s rights in Pennsylvania. To schedule an interview with Terry L. Fromson, contact Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject.org.

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Women’s Law Project Files Amicus Brief in Pittsburgh Buffer Zone 3d Circuit Appeal

 

After federal courts repeatedly upheld Pittsburgh’s 15-foot clinic buffer zone ordinance, opponents of legal abortion are still fighting to knock it down. The fight in Pittsburgh is an important one, with implications for the safety of patients and providers across the country.

The background: Last year, in McCullen v. Coakley, the Supreme Court of the United States held that Massachusetts’ 35-foot fixed buffer zone was content-neutral and advanced significant government interests, but struck it down on the grounds that it wasn’t “narrowly tailored” enough to balance the rights of patients and protesters or “sidewalk counselors.”

Protesters gather outside a Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh.

Protesters gather outside a Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh.

Shortly after the ruling, the religious advocacy group that represented the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case sought to have the courts strike down the Pittsburgh buffer zone as well. Subsequently, they filed a lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh, representing self-described “sidewalk counselors” Nikki Bruni and four other women. The plaintiffs claimed that the buffer zone prevented them from having close, personal conversations with patients and their partners outside of Planned Parenthood’s facility on Liberty Avenue.

The plan didn’t work.

A federal judge upheld the Pittsburgh zone in March. In her opinion, U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon asserted that the plaintiffs’ communication was not “effectively stifled” by the 15-foot buffer zone.

From the opinion:

Prior to the enactment of the Ordinance, there were incidents of physical intimidation, violence and obstruction where the buffer zone now stands. Such incidents have rarely, if ever, occurred since the buffer zone has been implemented…

The buffer zone does not prevent a willing listener from stopping within the zone in order to accept Mrs. Bruni’s literature and listen to her message, or from exiting the zone in order to converse with her further. The Ordinance does not prevent Mrs. Bruni or anyone else from engaging in sidewalk counseling with individuals leaving the clinic, once they exit the buffer zone.

 

As the first time a federal judge has upheld a buffer zone since the McCullen decision, the ruling is significant and has broad implications for patients and providers across the country.

“This ruling is a great victory for the City of Pittsburgh and will help protect both the patients in need of medical care and the doctors and medical staff at Planned Parenthood,” said Sue Frietsche, senior staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project’s Western Pennsylvania office in Pittsburgh, which represented Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and its volunteer escorts in the suit.

Then the plaintiffs appealed the case.

In response, yesterday, Women’s Law Project attorneys and Thomas E. Zemaitis, a partner at the private law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Pro-Choice Escorts.

The brief points out that while the McCullen ruling struck down the 35-foot zones in Massachusetts because they were not “narrowly tailored” for the relevant clinics’ history and circumstances, the Court did not hold that all statutory buffer zones or even all health center-based buffer zones were unconstitutional: content-neutral buffer zones just have to be narrowly tailored and leave open ample alternative channels of communication. In other words, they must strike the right balance between protecting patients’ safety and protesters’ speech.

The friend-of-the-court brief argues that the buffer zone in Pittsburgh successfully strikes that balance.

From the brief:

Pittsburgh has chosen a narrowly-tailored measure that resembles the kinds of alternative measures suggested in McCullen far more than the 35-foot buffer zone at issue [in McCullen]. Equally important… the 15-foot buffer zone has achieved its purpose of creating a safer, less hostile environment for patients, their companions, staff and volunteers … while “leav[ing] open ample alternative channels of communication” for plaintiffs to convey their message.

The latter part of that statement is demonstrated most clearly in the testimony of Nikki Bruni, the lead plaintiff in the case:

Q: “Is there anything about this buffer zone that would stop a willing listening to come out and speak with you after you started a discussion with them?”

Bruni: “No. They could come back and out and talk to us, if they wanted to.”

 

While the protesters attribute what they consider a lack of success in “sidewalk counseling” to the existence of the buffer zone, they cannot provide a before-and-after comparison of their experiences because none of the plaintiffs protested at the Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania on Liberty Avenue before the buffer zone was implemented.

Q: “There is nothing about the buffer zone that stops you, once they get beyond that fifteen feet, from talking to somebody who is leaving the Planned Parenthood facility; correct?”

Bruni: “That’s correct.”

 

Plaintiffs also argue that the city of Pittsburgh has no right to enforce the buffer zone because there are currently few problems with protesters. Of course, that’s akin to arguing that patients prescribed medicine should go off the medicine once the symptoms disappear, when the only reason the symptoms disappeared was because they were on the right medicine. The reason there are relatively few problems with protesters in Pittsburgh recently is because of the buffer zone.

While the Bruni plaintiffs can’t speak to their experiences before the Pittsburgh buffer zone was implemented, clinic administrators and escorts can. Before buffer zones were drawn around two clinics in Pittsburgh, both facilities experienced regular and repeated disturbances involving protesters that resulted in police being summoned.

Witnesses from Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania have testified to the nature of these disturbances:

“Protesters would try to talk to the clients. They would follow them up to the door, sometimes place their hands on their arm, maybe to talk to them. And what would happen is people would get angry. Sometimes there would be pushing, shoving, that type of thing, because of complaints of harassing behavior that included shoving literature in to other people’s pockets, hitting them with signs and blocking their entrance into the building.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Pittsburgh’s 15-foot buffer zone once already in a well-reasoned ruling from 2009. The question before the appeals court now is whether the McCullen ruling prohibits even very small local buffer zones around women’s health clinics with a history of obstructive and confrontational protest. If Pittsburgh’s buffer zone law is upheld, it could become a model for other jurisdictions with similar problems. If it is struck down, women’s health providers will be deprived of one of the most effective tools for ensuring that patients can access reproductive health care safely and with dignity.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a WLP attorney, contact Tara Murtha at tmurtha@womenslawproject.org.

 

-Text: Tara Murtha, WLP Staff

 

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Paid Sick Leave Bill To Be Introduced in Pittsburgh Today

Pittsburgh City Council member Corey O’Connor will introduce an ordinance that mandates some employers provide paid sick days for certain employees today. The number of paid sick days would depend on the number of hours an employee worked within a given week, with a cap of either 72 or 40 hours per year, depending on the size of the employer. Thirty hours of work would accrue one hour of paid sick time.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Mr. O’Connor said the law would prevent workers from having to choose between losing a day’s pay or coming to work sick. According to a draft of the ordinance, about 40 percent of Pittsburgh’s private sector workers and 77 percent of service workers have no paid sick time. The National Partnership for Women and Families, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, estimates that 43 million people nationwide have no paid sick time.

“I don’t want somebody cooking who shouldn’t be at work that day,” Mr. O’Connor said.

It also would prevent employees from having to lose wages to stay home to take care of a sick child or another family member.

Approximately 50,000 working Pittsburghers do not have access to a paid sick day. The ordinance is supported by Pittsburgh for Paid Sick Days, a coalition of faith-based organizations, women’s rights groups, organized labor and community members. Women’s Law Project is proud to be a member of this effort.

The introduction of a paid sick leave ordinance in Pittsburgh is part of a wave of similar actions in cities across the country. Philadelphia passed a paid sick leave ordinance in February.

Women’s Law Project Staff Attorney Amal Bass testified about the disproportionate impact having no access to paid sick days has on working women at a hearing on the issue in Philadelphia.

From our testimony:

At the WLP, a large portion of our work involves efforts to improve the health, safety, and economic security of women. We have seen how the absence of paid leave exacerbates the work-family imbalance that women bear disproportionately as the primary caregivers of their families.

A paid leave ordinance like the one we are discussing today would alleviate many of the burdens on these caregivers. It would protect the health of women and their families, address public health concerns, and promote efficiency and stability for the city’s businesses.

The battle for paid sick days in Pittsburgh will be an interesting one. As Philadelphia progressed toward passing its ordinance, the state Legislature responded by introducing what’s known as a pre-emption bill which, if passed, would prevent other cities from passing similar ordinances.

After Philadelphia passed paid sick days, the state’s bill was amended to include a retroactive amendment that would not only prevent other Pennsylvania cities from passing an ordinance like the one being introduced in Pittsburgh today, but also strip Philadelphia of its hard-won progress.

That bill has been sitting in committee. Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s ordinance went into effect in May.

Pittsburgh for Paid Sick Days is hosting a press conference at the City County Building at 9AM on Tuesday, July 7, prior to Councilperson O’Connor’s introduction of the bill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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