Paid Sick Days & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that providing all working people with paid sick days isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s critical to ensure public safety. If workers aren’t assured that they will be able to afford necessities and take care of their families if and when they’re sick, many will be left with no choice but to still go to work—putting the wider public at risk.

In Illinois, an estimated 1.5 million workers do not have access to a single paid sick day. They are often considered “essential” during the COVID-19 crisis, working in healthcare, grocery stores, restaurants.

No one should have to choose between their health—or their life—and a livelihood. The time is NOW for Illinois to provide paid sick days to all workers.

Take Action

Sign Our Petition

As our state leaders consider policies to address this crisis, we must ensure they know how essential paid sick days are to Illinois’ public health and Illinoisans well-being.

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We make it easy for you to spread the word about the need for paid sick days, with images, language, and more.

Join Our Coalition

Our coalition includes unions, faith-based organizations, healthcare associations, and advocates from across the state. Join us!

Our Coalition

AARP Illinois
ACLU of Illinois
Action Now
AFSCME Council 31
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chi Omega Omega Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association – Illinois Chapter
American Association of University Women
Arise Chicago
Between Friends
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago Jobs Council
Chicago Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force
Chicago National Organization for Women PAC
Chicago Women in Trades
Chicago Women’s AIDS Project
Chicago Women Take Action
Citizen Action/Illinois
Coalition of Labor Union Women
DuPage Area Older Women’s League
Equality Illinois
EverThrive Illinois
Girls, Inc.
Healing to Action
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
Heartland Alliance
HEART Women & Girls
Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Illinois Domestic Worker Coalition
Illinois Federation of Teachers
Illinois National Organization for Women NOW
Illinois Public Health Association
Illinois Single-Payer Coalition (ISPC)
Jane Addams Senior Caucus
Jobs with Justice
Lambda Legal
Latino Policy Forum
League of Women Voters - Illinois
Local 881 UFCW
LULAC of Illinois
Mujeres Latinas en Accion
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Council of Jewish Women – IL
The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence
State Policy Advocacy Network
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Pride Action Tank
Project IRENE
Resilience, formerly Rape Victim Advocates
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Chicago
Shriver Center on Poverty Law
SEIU Illinois Council
SEIU Local 1
SEIU Local 73
SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana
Voices for Illinois Children
Women Employed
Women’s Justice Initiative
Woodstock Institute
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago/Fight for Fifteen
YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Together, we will ensure more women, families, and communities can build their economic power and thrive.

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