Do you think all working Americans should get some paid sick leave?
The AFL-CIO is looking for women to align with the cause of paid sick leave for working Americans. Working moms often have to choose between getting by and getting themselves or their sick child better. This isn’t just about your health, it’s about everybody’s health.
Here are some facts about paid sick leave in the U.S.A.
- Two-fifths of private sector and 81% of low-wage workers don't have a single paid sick day.
- Parents without paid sick leave are 2x as likely to send a child to school sick
- Workers without paid sick leave are often compelled to work sick, even if they are exposing customers and co-workers.
- 75% of adults support a policy giving employees a minimum number of sick days.
- Seven states have passed a preemptive law preventing paid sick leave legislation. They are Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas and Wisconsin.
- While a federal law on paid sick leave is stalled and unlikely to pass anytime soon, there have been some success in getting mandates passed on the state and local levels in cities such as New York, Seattle and San Francisco
Has having or not having paid sick leave ever effected you and/or your family personally? We welcome you to join the conversation.
If you support the efforts towards paid sick leave sign the pledge here.