Without paid sick leave, American employees are working to the point of collapse.
More than 34 million U.S. workers don’t get paid sick days, including nearly two out of three part-time and low-wage workers.
“I was going back and forth to the bathroom, puking my guts out,” a Freeport Texas employee stated in a KPRC 2 Houston news report. “I was sweating, I was drenched in sweat, I felt weak.”
In Ohio, nurse Theresa Puckett was fired for missing work when she had the flu.
“I mean the whole nine yards just to like patch myself up enough to go to work,” she said. “The first decision that you make when you wake up is am I safe enough to report to duty today?”
There is no federal law requiring paid sick days for workers, leaving states and cities to fight for paid sick leave in their communities. 10 states and D.C. have passed paid sick leave laws. Representative DeLauro and Senator Murray reintroduced the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn paid sick leave and to take time off to care for a sick family member.
“This is an issue that impacts every sick person in the country because, frankly, everyone gets sick,” Murray said.
Paid sick leave would reduce ER trips by 1.3 million a year.