AFSCME Presses Hard For Sick-Day Bill
BY KATHY BLACK, Health and Safety Director, DC 47/
With support from a wide range of legislators, businesses, labor groups, nonprofit organizations, and workers, a bill to provide earned sick days for Philadelphia workers is set to move forward in City Council. After a hearing on the earned sick-days bill (Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces, Bill No. 080474) this Tuesday, the Public Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of the measure, which will now head to the full Council....
In an already-tough economy, workers without earned sick days face even tougher choices. Currently in Philadelphia, two in five workers have no earned sick days, and a majority of employees without this benefit work in food-service and care-giving positions. When workers without earned sick time (or their families) become ill, they must make a choice between the jobs they need and the families they love. Workers who choose to stay home often lose their pay, and are at risk of losing their jobs.
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