Working Families

Faith Leaders Win Historic Victory in Saint Paul: Paid Sick Days for Every Worker

Hundreds of ISAIAH leaders from more than 25 congregations led the charge, calling for an Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance that would enable all workers the ability to take the time they need to care for themselves and their families. What passed is the strongest ordinance of its kind in the country and covers all 72,000 workers in Saint Paul that currently do not have paid sick leave.

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St. Paul Workers, Business and Faith Leaders Show Overwhelming Public Support for Paid Sick Policy

Tuesday evening, June 21, at a rally before and during a public hearing about Earned Sick and Safe Time the message was clear: workers, small businesses and community residents support this common sense policy that will help address the crisis facing thousands of families in St. Paul. An overwhelming majority of testifiers at the hearing spoke out in support of its passage, with 35 people speaking in support and 7 speaking against.

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ISAIAH clergy decry inaccurate Pioneer Press Editorial and announce Paid Sick Time Campaign

On Tuesday, March 15, 25 ISAIAH clergy and denominational leaders gathered to address the unfortunate and misleading Pioneer Press Editorial regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time published on Friday, March 11. Faith leaders took issue with the Editorial’s lack of mention of the negative health impacts for workers without paid sick time and the omission of available data about the connection between paid sick days and influenza transmission.

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Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Campaign Launches

ISAIAH was proud to stand with the Children’s Defense Fund and the AFL-CIO as co-chairs of the Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave coalition at a press conference in support of Paid Family and Medical Leave. Everyone in Minnesota has a story of caring for a family member or needing care.

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ISAIAH Launches Campaign in Support of Minneapolis Paid Sick Time Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2015

ISAIAH, a faith-based organization representing thousands of people of faith, is committed to creating a more racial and economically just city and state. We are called by God to insist that every person and their labor should be valued. The City of Minneapolis has an opportunity to enact a common sense policy to invest in low-wage workers and their families, ensuring that every worker has access to 5-9 days of paid sick time. Hard working families in Minneapolis should not have to make the impossible choice of choosing between taking care of those they love or providing for their families. This is why ISAIAH will work to mobilize people of faith across Minneapolis in support of a Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.

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