Maryland Moms Ask Legislators to Use Super Powers to Pass Healthy Working Families Act
February 25, 2016
Moms and Kids in SuperHero Capes and T-Shirts to Deliver Messages Supporting Earned Sick Days Legislation on Day of Healthy Working Families Act Hearing
Moms and their kids from around Maryland will visit the Maryland State House to deliver messages from Marylanders from across the state about the importance of earned sick days:
9:30am, Tuesday, March 1
Anne Arundel Delegation Room
Maryland State House Office Building
The group will be wearing superhero t-shirts and capes, and deliver signatures on a petition calling on legislators to vote for the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which would allow full time employees to earn up to seven paid sick days a year. They will also deliver books of stories that highlight the importance of earned sick days for working families. Currently, more than 720,000 Maryland workers cannot earn even a single paid sick day.
The delivery is being organized by MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization with more than a million members nationwide who support policies that ensure family economic security, and part of the Working Matters coalition.
That same day, the House Economic Matters Committee will hold a hearing on the bill at which MomsRising member Ericka Farrell will testify about her experiences with and without paid leave when she needed time off to care for her children.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the bill later in the week.
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MEDIA NOTE: Ericka Farrell and MomsRising Senior Campaign Director Ruth Martin will be available for interviews.
Working Matters is a coalition of more than 150 organizations committed to advancing the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days. Members include business owners, faith communities, and labor unions, as well as advocates for women, minorities, children, seniors, and low-wage workers.