More than 40% of private sector workers have no paid sick leave, and until last week, that's been perfectly fine with our government. But now we finally have a real shot at getting this essential benefit mandated thanks to the Healthy Families Act. MomsRising.org, one of Parenting's Mom Congress partners, has been working hard on getting this issue some serious attention and we hope you'll join forces with us to get this bill passed! It has its first congressional hearing TOMORROW, so please act fast! Here's the latest from MomsRising:
"Right now there is no law that guarantees people the right to earn paid sick days to take care of themselves or their children. In fact, the very industries where you would expect paid sick days to be required (to protect public health), like home health care providers, child care workers, and folks who work in restaurants and hotels, are the LEAST likely to have them. In today's economy, folks without paid sick days can't afford to follow the CDC's advice to stay home when they, or their children, are sick--and that puts everyone at risk of exposure to illness, whether it's swine flu or any other communicable disease.
Well guess what? Some of our Congressional Representatives listened! Just last week, they introduced the Healthy Families Act, which would allow people to earn paid sick days. But we need more Congresspeople on board with us. On Thursday, the Congressional Education and Labor Committee's Workforce Protections Subcommittee will be hosting a hearing on The Healthy Families Act. This bill would guarantee seven paid sick days per year for workers at businesses with 15 or more employees, to be used to recover from routine illness, care for a sick family member, or seek services to recover from domestic violence.
Now's the time to move this Act forward. Tell your Congressperson to support the Healthy Families Act today. Click here to send a letter right now!
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