Sick of No Sick Days?
June 10, 2009
MomsRising.org is a very cool organization that seeks to empower people to live great lives. Since the power of slow is about mindful living, remember this: everyone is susceptible to illness. Non-paid sick days can spell disaster for some people.
MomsRising has taken the issue to Washington. Tomorrow, 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.
In response to the swine flu outbreak, MomsRising members sent in nearly 50,000 letters to Congress asking them act now to address the fact that over 40% of private sector workers have no paid sick days. 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.
Just last week, they introduced the Healthy Families Act, which would allow people to earn paid sick days. It has its first big hearing this very week, one of the key hurdles the bill has to jump before it can become a law.
The great news is you can move mountains. If you live in the United States, you can tell your Congressman or woman to move this Act into law.