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Lessons from the Successful Movement for Paid Sick Days

October 20, 2015

On October 14, Grassroots Change hosted a Twitter chat to capture and share lessons and strategies from the successful national movement for paid sick days. The chat featured three key leaders from the movement: Ellen Bravo of Family Values @ Work, Melissa Josephs of Women Employed, and Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

Over the past five years, a number of cities and states have passed paid (or “earned”) sick days mandates for workers in their communities. These victories were hard-won by a passionate and effective grassroots movement.

Six important lessons emerged from the Twitter chat. Leaders working on a wide range of issues from violence prevention to food policy can use these lessons in their own grassroots movement building.

1. Build broad and diverse coalitions.

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PSDTwitterChat02PSDTwitterChat032. Be wary of industry tactics such as preemption.

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PSDTwitterChat074. Influence policy makers through storytelling.

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5. Use research and evidence to advance your movement and counter opponents’ misinformation.

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6. Local victories pave the way for the national movement.

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To see the full conversation, see our Storify.