Bright Side of Swine Flu

Guess what a general panic about a potential Swine Flu epidemic and an order from the President of the United States “to stay home if you have symptoms” brought to light?

That 40% of workers in the private sector don’t have a single paid sick day. So they can’t.

You already know that’s bad for families – maybe you’ve been hasselled for calling in sick – worried about missing pay while confronting medical bills for a sick kid, etc.

It’s an old story for moms.

It’s also an International Health Risk.

From MomsRising:

Paid sick days:  Just common sense. 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. 1

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.

Tell your Congressperson to support the Healthy Families Act today.  Click here to send a note directly to your Congressional Representatives.

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