Why Earned Sick Days?
More than 700,000 people in Maryland cannot earn a single paid sick day to use when they or an immediate family member are ill. This means thousands of our neighbors must make impossible choices between their livelihood, their health, and the well being of their families.
For a food service worker, access to earned sick days would mean not having to choose between earning money to pay the rent and the risk of infecting customers.
For a single mother, access to earned sick days would mean not sending a sick child to school because there is no other childcare option and she cannot afford to lose income.
For the child of an aging parent, access to earned sick days would mean being with mom or dad for an emergency visit to the doctor.
For a battered spouse, earned sick and safe days would mean the opportunity to safely relocate and get children away from violence.
For all of us, access to earned sick days would mean healthier work places, restaurants, schools, and an improved economy buoyed by workers’ ability to purchase family essentials from local businesses.