Take action: Demand paid sick days for every Washington family

social graphic - psd - almaIn 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.

Urge Washington state lawmakers to take action on paid sick days today.

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.

Published by waworkfam

The Washington Work and Family Coalition includes representatives of seniors, women, labor, health professionals, children’s advocates, faith communities, low income workers, employers, non-profits and other organizations. We’re working together to make it easier for parents to raise healthy children and care for aging parents; for workers to care for themselves or their partners in the event of a serious illness; and for businesses to offer modern workplace standards that improve productivity and worker health.

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