New York City Workers Deserve Paid Sick Days

One and a half million New Yorkers face a terrible dilemma when they or their child become ill. That’s because they have no paid sick days. Sherry Leiwant says we need a law to lift a burden that’s particularly hard on low-income single moms.

Leaders Who Are Women of Color: Take a Deep Breath

"There are days it is hard for me to get out of bed, the stress is literally killing me," Valery Jean says as she quickly mentions that she spent two weeks dealing with a near death experience. Jean and her almost exclusively women of color staff have been attending transformational organizing trainings with Social Justice […]

Women’s Labor History Cherished; Trashed

(WOMENSENEWS)–Church bells rang Friday in New York as the city’s notorious Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, most of them female immigrants, turned 100.
News agencies, schools and organizations throughout the city have run commemorations throughout the month and on March 27 Women’s eNews is honoring the event with a screening of a new PBS documentary about the fire.

Shirtwaist Fire Leaves Work Hazards Smoldering

A notorious fire that killed New York City female garment workers 100 years ago is good reason to remember another group of predominantly female workers–nurses–who would benefit from New York lawmakers’ passage of a safety bill this spring.