MEDIA ADVISORY: Paid Sick Days town hall meeting in Asheville this Thursday

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coalition brings campaign for Paid Sick Days to Asheville
The series of statewide town meetings will raise awareness about North Carolina's Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act, which has gained endorsements from dozens of organizations

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Pamela Mills Turner Conference Room in the United Way Building, 50 S. French Broad Avenue in Asheville.

ASHEVILLE (April 23, 2009) -- Healthy families require healthy workplaces, and a growing coalition wants to change North Carolina law in a way that would promote both.

This Thursday, the NC Paid Sick Days Coalition brings its statewide series of town hall meetings to Asheville. Advocates working on the campaign will join with community members to raise awareness and share stories about how paid sick days improve life for North Carolina's working families.

More than 30 groups -- including health care organizations, women's groups, and advocates for children, families, and older Americans - have signed on to the NC Paid Sick Days coalition. The meeting will take place Tuesday, April 23, 2009, from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Pamela Mills Turner Conference Room in the United Way Building, 50 S. French Broad Avenue in Asheville. Local sponsors for the event include Children First/Communities in School of Buncombe County, Just Economics, WNC Central Labor Council, and Legal Aid of North Carolina Clients Council along with the NC Justice Center.

The NC Paid Sick Days Coalition's immediate aim is passage of the Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act, HB 177/SB 534. Now introduced in both the North Carolina House and Senate, the bills have garnered dozens of co-sponsors, with 27 on the House bill and 14 on the Senate version. 

Primary sponsors of HB 177 include Representatives Alma Adams (D-Guilford), Dan Blue (D-Wake), Deborah Ross (D-Wake), and William Wainwright (D-Craven) and Senator Katie Dorsett (D-Guilford) is the primary sponsor of SB 534.  Members of the Fayetteville legislative delegation that have signed on to HB 177 and SB 534 include Representatives Rick Glazier and Marvin Lucas along with Senator Tony Rand, respectively.  The companion bills would ensure that workers across North Carolina have access to paid sick time to care for themselves, a sick family member, or to deal with consequences relating to incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, communications director, NC Justice Center, 919.863.2402 (office), 503.551.3615 (mobile); Louisa Warren, NC Paid Sick Days Campaign Coordinator 919.856.2183 (office), 919.961.3360 (mobile);