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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Earned sick days legislation overwhelmingly popular with the public”

  1. salgal

    I simply cannot fathom, on any level, how 169,000 workers in RI have no paid sick time. It is unconscionable that this draconian policy has been normalized by anti-worker organizations such as the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

    The United States used to lead the greater part of the world on progressive worker policies. Now? How far down the ladder have we fallen? And Rhode Island? If this legislation is not approved, we are sending a clear signal to workers and business owners alike, that employees are totally dispensable. How is that anything but profoundly stupid and short-sighted.

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  2. Businesses and workers win with earned paid sick leave

    […] Island’s business lobbyists have been pulling out all the stops in opposition to the overwhelmingly popular earned paid sick days bills in the House (H5413) and Senate (S290). In the version passed out of […]

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