Join Us (It's Free)

Keep Informed

Get SMS/text alerts

( )- -

Text alerts by Moms Rising. 4 messages/month. Msg & Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to quit. For help text HELP or contact txt@mcommons.com.

en Español

Paid Sick Days

Paid sick days are a matter of economic security. No mother should have to choose between her job and taking care of a sick child. We are working to make earned paid sick days a right for all. 

Can you believe it? Four in ten private-sector workers—And 80% of low-wage workers cannot earn a single paid sick day.

This means that people are often forced to choose between working sick and losing pay - or even their jobs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home when we’re sick with common illnesses like the flu, and keeping sick children out of school. Workers without paid sick days don’t have that option, and we all risk getting sick.

Over 145 countries other countries have paid sick leave. Moms are working to put the US on the map. We've had major wins in New York City, Connecticut, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco and we won't stop until everyone has the ability to earn paid sick days!

Desiree's story

All three of my children were sick this fall, so in all, I missed about two weeks of work to care for my kids.

I get no sick pay, so my paycheck for that period was almost nothing. That caused tremendous hardship for my family. My husband and I live paycheck-to-paycheck right now. We have no choice.

We are trying to pay down debts and make our family financially stable, but it’s a hard road. And it’s made harder because whenever we get sick or our children get sick, we have to decide whether to stay home without pay, or to disregard doctor’s orders and risk getting sicker and infecting others by going to work or school.








 

Share your experience: do you have paid sick days? If not, what impact has that had on your family? If so, how do they help?

Take Action!

Tell your members of Congress to support the Healthy Families Act!

What You Can Do

Paid Sick Days on Our Blog

First Ever NYC High Road Restaurant Week!

Posted April 23, 2014 by Migdalia Rivera Like many people, I enjoy eating out. It not only gives me a break from cooking, it allows me to savor dishes I would never know how to create on my own. In my eyes, that was a win-win, until I discovered the dismal conditions restaurant workers endure. Reality: Restaurant workers face 3x the poverty [...]

Making Women’s History: From Patsy Mink to Paycheck Fairness

Posted April 8, 2014 by Shay Chan Hodges I was a bit surprised by the lack of coverage for Women’s History Month this year, particularly in the state where I live, since so many women who improved the lives of working families were pivotal to Hawaii's history. It is essential that we continue to remember these women. While many people are aware of [...]

Valuing America's working families: A Blog Carnival on Powering the Engine of America's Economic Growth

Posted April 7, 2014 by Ann Pratt Our country's greatness was built on valuing America's working families. At MomsRising and Progressive States Network, we believe that in America, more families should be joining a thriving middle class than falling out of it -- powering the engine of America's economic growth and national prosperity in the process. But our workplace standards are woefully out [...]

Gross Domestic Product - What if you got paid to raise your children?

Posted April 4, 2014 by Julia Rosenblatt The idea to write a play about motherhood came to me when I was writing my last play, Flipside and nursing my second child. Actually, it had been gestating since the day I was nursing my first child and complaining to my HartBeat Co-Artistic Director Greg Tate that the intersecting struggles of child care, career and being broke were making motherhood [...]
More from the Blog