One evening in 2010, Monicaâ€™s baby had a seizure. After a frantic call to 911, a terrifying rush to the hospital, and a night spent by her sonâ€™s side, Monica had to get to her 7 am shift at a local Safeway. She hated to leave her son but she couldnâ€™t afford to lose a dayâ€™s pay or risk her job. But now with paid sick days in Seattle, Monica â€” and more than two and a quarter million other workers across the county â€” donâ€™t have to leave an ill child or go to work sick.
Learn more and get engaged in Washingtonâ€™s campaign for paid sick days with the Washington Work and Family Coalition.
For a related story see The FAMILY Act is Badly Needed to Update the Outdated Workplace Policies That Are Hurting Americaâ€™s Families. “Of the 188 countries for which data are available, the United States is one of just seven that do not guarantee paid maternity leave.” The FAMILY Act, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D â€“ N.Y.) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D â€“ Conn.), will fix that.
Originally published at EOIOnline.