Monday, September 20, 2010

Patriot-News Editorial: "Paid sick leave: It's a way to cure productivity ills"

Check out this editorial in the Patriot-News:
You wake up this morning, ready to start a new week, when suddenly it feels like someone overnight laid a concrete block on your head.

It’s decision time: Do you call in sick or soldier through the workday?

For too many people, the answer to the question is between pain and getting paid.

An estimated 2.2 million workers in Pennsylvania have no paid sick days, many are people working low-paying jobs. If they take a day off when they or a family member is ill, they lose a day’s income, some even risk losing their job. Many just work sick.

Fortunately, our Legislature can make changes that allow for a modest amount of sick time for workers. Rep. Marc Gergely, D-Allegheny County, has introduced legislation that would provide a minimum amount of sick time for workers.

To read the full editorial, visit the Patriot-News website.

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