This past week, I heard Lilia, a working mom, testify to legislators in Olympia that even with two jobs, she has to remind her teenage sons to limit themselves to one glass of milk — because she can’t afford to buy more.
Another mother, Bianca, testified her job did not provide sick leave. She ended up quitting after her son became seriously ill.
That’s simply unacceptable. And it doesn’t have to be this way.
As early as next week, your legislator will cast their vote on two bills that will boost our state’s economy by protecting the economic security and improving the health of thousands of Washington families:
- A $12 minimum wage (House Bill 1355)
- Paid sick and safe leave (House Bill 1356)
It’s common sense: our economy is stronger when our families are more secure. A higher minimum wage means fewer kids going hungry or staying home alone sick, and more women able to save for their family and future. Ensuring everyone has access to paid sick days means people can care for themselves or a loved one, without fear of losing wages.
Please take a minute today to ensure families like Bianca’s and Lilia’s don’t fall through the cracks any more. Urge your state representative to pass a $12 minimum wage and paid sick days for Washington!
Together, we can create change for working families. Thank you!
~Marilyn, Gabriela and the entire team at the Washington Work and Family Coalition