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Earned paid sick day bill Governor vetoed today would have allowed 700,000 Marylanders to care for their families when illness strikes without risking losing their paycheck or their job
BALTIMORE – The Working Matters Coalition for Earned Sick Days issued the following statement today in response to Governor Hogan’s announcement that he will veto the Healthy Working Families Act:
“Governor Hogan’s decision to deny hardworking Marylanders the ability to take time to care for their families is nothing short of heartless. Make no mistake – the victims of this decision are Maryland parents and children. Instead of being able to take the time they need to care for their families, these Marylanders will continue to be forced to make decisions like taking off work to visit their sick child in the hospital or paying the rent that month. The Governor has also turned his back on Maryland businesses, who could have had eight months to implement this smart policy, which will reduce turnover and enhance the health of their workplace. Instead, the Governor has caved to interests of the corporate lobby and turned his back on working Marylanders.
“We now look to the Maryland Legislature, who passed the Healthy Working Families Act by override majorities, to override this veto immediately when they return to the Legislative session in January 2018. Maryland families are counting on you.”
The Working Matters coalition came together five years ago to advocate for a minimum earned paid sick days standard in the state of Maryland. Since then, the coalition has grown to 160 health, small business, faith, labor, and community organizations that have supported the Healthy Working Families Act and fought vigorously in Annapolis and across the state of Maryland to see that bill become law. In the past year alone, Working Matters has made phone calls to and knocked on the doors of over 40,000 Marylanders, directing thousands of calls to lawmakers. Our message has been simple: everyone gets sick, and everyone needs time to get better.
The Working Matters Coalition will hold a press conference on Tuesday, May 30th in Baltimore to call on the Maryland legislature to override Governor Hogan’s veto. Details of the press conference are below.
– EVENT ADVISORY: TUESDAY, MAY 30TH AT 10:00AM –
What: Working Matters calls on Maryland Legislature to override Hogan HB1 veto
Who: Working Matters coalition members and supporters
When: Tuesday, May 30th at 10:00am
Where: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 800 W. 36th St. Baltimore, MD 21221