Victory for Chicagoland workers! On October 5th, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an earned sick time ordinance, just three months after Chicago City Council passed theirs. Together, almost a million working people will gain the right to earn paid sick time!
As the head of the Earned Sick Time Chicago Coalition, Women Employed played a leadership role in making both of these historic victories happen.
While this is a major victory for Chicagoland workers, unfortunately, in most other places across the country, employees do not yet have this right. Of low-wage workers, a shocking 80 percent do not have paid sick days. Imagine choosing between going to work sick, knowing you’ll make others sick, or risking your paycheck and even your job by staying home.
Do you want your restaurant server to come to work sick? Your healthcare or childcare provider? Of course not!
It’s good for workers and for businesses! Employers that provide earned sick time see improved employee morale, loyalty, and productivity with minimal cost.
WE is spearheading The Illinois Paid Leave Coalition, a group of over 70 organizations fighting for earned sick time for all Illinois workers. The Illinois Paid Leave Coalition is a member of Family Values@Work, a multi-state consortium of 21 state and local coalitions helping spur the growing movement for family-friendly workplace policies.
For more information on Earned Sick Time Chicago or the Illinois Paid Leave Coalition, contact Melissa Josephs at mjosephs[at]womenemployed[dot]org or 312-782-3902 x234.
Join the 82 percent of Chicago voters who support providing paid sick days!
- Full and part-time employees can earn up to 5 sick days per year, accrued hourly for every 40 hours worked.
- Allows employees to use sick time for an employee's own illness, to care for a family member, to attend medical appointments, to handle domestic or sexual violence, or for public health closures.
Tell us about a time when paid sick days made all the difference or when you needed them and didn’t have them. If you are an employer who offers paid sick days, tell us why. Speak Out »