FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 18, 2017
ANNAPOLIS—The following statements were issued regarding introduction today of the Healthy Working Families Act (SB 230) in Senate Finance by Chairman Thomas Middleton:
Elisabeth Sachs, Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force:
“We’re delighted to learn a companion bill to HB1 has been introduced in Senate Finance. Some 750,000 working men and women in our state—and half of all full-time workers who make less than $35,000 a year—can’t earn a single sick day. Our neighbors are going to work sick or sending a sick child to school, because staying home means losing needed income or risking being fired. It’s time to update our workplace laws to make Maryland healthier, fairer, and more prosperous.”
Liz Richards, Coalition Director, Working Matters:
“The Healthy Working Families Act will ensure that hundreds of thousands of hardworking Marylanders can earn paid sick days. On behalf of our 154 partner organizations and Maryland’s working families, we thank Delegate Clippinger and Senator Middleton for their leadership. In the coming weeks, we look forward to working with them, our allies in Annapolis, and organizations and advocates from across the state to pass this strong, commonsense bill.”
Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton, Chairman, Senate Finance:
“I’m proud to introduce the Healthy Working Families Act and to champion the bill as we move it out of committee and pass it in the Senate and the General Assembly this year. It’s a commonsense bill that reflects Maryland’s values. By passing SB 230, we make all residents healthier and our workforce more productive; we stand up for our children, especially those from economically stressed families; and we reward hard work, allowing dedicated employees to earn time off to care for themselves or a loved one when they need it.”
In addition to lead sponsor Chairman Middleton, SB 230 includes 23 co-sponsors: Senators Astle, Benson, Conway, Currie, Feldman, Ferguson, Guzzone, Kagan, Kasemeyer, King, Lee, Madaleno, Manno, McFadden, Peters, Pinsky, Ramirez, Robinson, Nathan-Pulliam, Rosapepe, Smith, Young, and Zucker.
Working Matters is a coalition of more than 150 organizations committed to advancing the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days. Members include business owners, faith communities, labor unions, as well as advocates for women, minorities, children, seniors, and low-wage workers.