Stand up for paid sick days for women and families

Twenty Ten Talent - Stand up for paid sick days for women and our families

This week, Congress is reintroducing the Healthy Families Act. If passed, the act will ensure that every worker in America can take up to seven sick days to get over a short term illness or care for a family member without losing pay, or losing their jobs.

I have experienced the stress of being admitted to hospital unexpectedly and have cared for family members who fell ill. It’s a daunting prospect working parents, and those who are responsible for dependents, constantly face. The worry that surrounds dealing with illness on top of endeavoring to maintain your job is overwhelming. Even worse, for many of us taking a sudden leave of absence doesn’t feel like an easy, or affordable, option.

You shouldn’t have to risk your job to take care of your health, and you shouldn’t have to put your health at risk to keep your job. Yet millions of Americans are forced to make these choices every day. Nearly half of all private sector workers and 80% of low-wage workers have no paid sick days. Introduced by Senator Tom Harkin and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, the Healthy Families Act would allow eligible employees to earn up to seven paid sick days each year.

The gender equality organization The United State of Women stands squarely behind the Healthy Families Act and is encouraging women to add their names to show their support.

In their words, “women and their families need that kind of protection, because no one should be forced to choose between caring for themselves or loved ones and missing out on wages or losing a job. It’s just an unreasonable choice to ask someone to make.”

 

 

Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema

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