In seven years of employment at the same restaurant, Alma only left work once. It was to rush to the hospital to see her 13 year-old daughter who had been hospitalized after an acute asthma attack. Afterward, Alma’s boss told her she’d be fired if she ever left work again.
No one should be forced to go to work when their child is critically ill. Every family needs paid sick days.
Like Alma, 1 million workers across our state have no access to paid sick days. One-third of our state’s entire workforce can’t use sick time to recover from the flu or take care of an ill child.
Washington HB 1313, a bill establishing minimum standards for accrued sick time, is ready for a vote in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers should take action immediately to ensure that no worker is forced to choose between their health and their paycheck.
We know you support paid sick days – lawmakers need to know that too. If we want legislators to take action today, they need to hear from you.
Use our action page to email the House of Representatives today and urge them to pass paid sick days. Or you can take action by calling the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000.
Everyone needs paid sick days – whether to stay home and battle the flu or take care of a sick child. Across the country, states and cities are taking action to expand access to paid sick days. Washington D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Jersey City, Connecticut, Portland, OR, SeaTac and Seattle have passed laws allowing workers to accrue paid sick leave.