Ah-Choo! Movement for Paid Sick Leave Spreads

Source: Matthew Cunningham-Cook, Labor Notes, March 2, 2012

In the past five years, coalitions to win paid sick leave have emerged in half a dozen cities, with victories first in San Francisco and then in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Philadelphia, and the state of Connecticut.

More than 44 million Americans lack access to paid sick leave, and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act does not mandate it. The worker with a cold must choose between seeing his pay docked and hauling himself out of bed to infect co-workers and customers.

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