A potential worldwide pandemic has cities quarantined, travel restricted and people terrified. But, here in Pennsylvania, in the highly unlikely event the Wuhan coronavirus arrived, someone who caught it would have to choose between protecting the public health or keeping their job. Here in Pennsylvania, right-wing extremists are fighting for your freedoms: The freedom to eat a hamburger cooked by someone with the flu (or worse) who is too sick to work, but also too broke to be able to afford to take the day off. The freedom to be handed a wad of slightly damp bills as change from a cashier who was up all night with the chills and diarrhea (or worse). The freedom to pass a case of pink eye (or worse) from one child at a day care to themselves and then to your child – and eventually to you. The freedom to potentially get the Wuhan coronavirus if you’re unlucky enough to cross paths with an infected worker who couldn’t stay home. By preserving Pennsylvania’s antiquated laws, laws that can be traced back to pre-Union days when workers had absolutely no rights and an injured miner or factory worker’s family would be charged for the damage their injuries caused to the company’s machines, we defend this funhouse mirror version of freedom. Or, we can get real and finally start providing paid sick leave to Read more
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