No One Should Have to Choose between their Health and their Job


The Wrong Choice: 42 percent of Chicago workers—that's over 461,000 people—do not receive a single paid sick day. Of low-wage workers, a shocking 80 percent do not have a single paid sick day. 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 the economy!  Surprised to know that employers who DO provide paid sick days to their staff actually SAVE money?  In Chicago, employers would save an estimated $116 million annually in reduced turnover, increased productivity and reduced employee contagion health costs.

Women Employed is leading the Earned Sick Time Chicago coalition to pass legislation that will guarantee a minimum amount of earned sick time for ALL Chicagoans.

WE is also 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.

Learn About the Chicago Earned Sick Time Ordinance

Join the 82 percent of Chicago voters who support providing paid sick days!

  • Full and part-time employees can earn up to five and nine sick days per year, based on employer size and accrued hourly for every 30 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. 

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