In Maryland, nearly 80 percent of food service workers aren’t able to earn a single paid sick day, jeopardizing their economic stability and posing a serious threat to public health.
The Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) is a commonsense, meaningful, and flexible solution that would ensure that food service workers are finally able to earn paid sick days.
But despite the urgent public health threat, there are opposing proposals that would put in jeopardy the ability of food service workers to earn paid sick days:
- Governor Hogan’s alternative proposal (HB382/SB305) would only cover employees who work at businesses with at least 50 employees at one location. But according to the National Restaurant Association, 9 out of 10 restaurants have less than 50 employees, meaning that the governor’s proposal would do little for those food service workers.
- Governor Hogan’s alternative proposal also does not cover part-time workers. But according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, about 40 percent of restaurant employees work part time, more than twice the proportion for other industries.
- Restaurant lobbyists have suggested that certain food service workers be exempt altogether as long as their employer offers them another shift of the employer’s choosing, instead of allowing workers to earn leave and shift swap by mutual consent. But for millions of families across the country and here in Maryland who work multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet, their schedules don’t always allow for that flexibility.
We need YOU to stand up for food service workers so they are able to stay healthy and reduce the risk to public health.
TELL MARYLAND LAWMAKERS THAT FOOD SERVICE WORKERS NEED EARNED PAID SICK DAYS. Sign the petition to support the Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230), the ONLY solution that would make sure food service workers are able to earn paid sick days!