Moms Leaders Urge Congress to Quickly Pass the Healthy Families Act
“Everyone gets sick, but not everyone has a chance to get better. No one in this country should have to choose between earning a paycheck and taking time off from work to recuperate from illness or stay home with a sick child. But at least 34 million workers in the United States today cannot earn a single paid sick day to use when they get sick. The Healthy Families Act would change that by creating a national paid sick and safe days standard.
“We thank and commend Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for introducing the Healthy Families Act, which would let workers earn up to seven paid sick days per year to recover from short-term illness, get preventive care, care for a family member who is sick or seek help related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. This is legislation the country needs.”
--Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising
“Earned sick days keep people in the jobs they need, save employers money by reducing turnover and the costs associated with it, and also save costs associated with ‘presenteeism,’ which is when people end up having to come to work sick and get others sick. Eleven states and 22 jurisdictions have, or will soon have, paid sick days laws in place – but every worker in our country needs and deserves this basic support. The moms of America know this and it’s time for Congress to take action too.
“The Healthy Families Act would be a boon for families, our economy and our public health. Congress should pass it now.”
--Statement of Ruth Martin, Vice President, Workplace Justice Campaigns, MomsRising