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February 8, 2018


‘Maryland Workers Need Paid Sick Days Now’

Statement from Ruth Martin, Silver Spring resident and Vice President, Workplace Justice Campaigns at, a national online and on-the-ground organization of more than 30,000 Maryland members and more than 1 million mothers and their families across the country, on the Maryland State Senate’s vote to delay implementation of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act:

“Today’s vote in the Maryland State Senate to delay implementation of the Healthy Working Families Act until July is deeply disappointing. Maryland workers have waited much too long for earned sick days, and they should not have to wait any longer.

“Maryland is currently in the middle of one of its worst flu seasons -- workers need earned sick leave now, not in six months. For years, MomsRising members and their children have visited state legislators clad in superhero capes to urge them to use their legislative superpowers to make earned sick days a reality in Maryland. We now urge the House of Delegates to once again use those superpowers to reject this delay. Maryland’s workers are counting on them.”  

#   #   #   # is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families, including criminal justice reform, immigration policy reform, and gun safety. MomsRising is working for paid family and medical leave, affordable, high quality childcare and early learning, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes women — particularly moms and women of color — and so many others. MomsRising advocates for access to healthy food for all kids, health care for all, earned sick days, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. MomsRising maintains a Spanish language website: Mamá Sign up online at — and follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.