Activists from around the country to reflect on what FMLA means in their states, how states are taking action to improve it and where we still need to do work as part of our FMLA Birthday Blog Carnival!
“For me, providing paid sick days is about public health. It’s also smart business to maintain high employee morale and retention. But, most fundamentally, it’s about treating people how you would want to be treated.”
Makini Howell, Owner of Plum Bistro in Seattle, WA
“The benefits for working families provided by Family Leave Insurance go beyond financial security. Having the time to bond with a new baby or care for a sick loved one is priceless and thankfully no longer a luxury for New Jersey families. Paid family leave creates the opportunities that all families deserve.”
Heather Howard, Former Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, NJ
“The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce strongly and enthusiastically endorses the earned sick time legislation because it supports small businesses, benefits workers and encourages an equitable workplace for women. Without earned sick days, many women face the impossible choice of sending a sick child to school or coming to work sick for fear of losing income or their job.”
Margot Dorfman CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
“As a civilized society we have the ability to place public good over individual cost. That’s why we have a minimum wage, child labor laws, and workplace safety standards. Good public health is good business. And that’s why we should have the Paid Sick Time Act.”
Marjorie J. Hill, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, NY
“Labor is committed to winning minimum protections for all workers, so that no one has to risk their job to care for a loved one.”
John Fleck, President of Denver Area Labor Federation, CO
“Paid sick days is a policy that helps working families and our economy. Connecticut is proud to be the first state to make sure working families don’t have to choose between their health and their job.”
Representative Chris Donovan, Speaker of the House, CT
In my own personal experience, I have seen more than one patient come to me with disease that has progressed to a point almost of no return. Many . . . have expressed a desire to come to a doctor or hospital, but . . . fear that they will lose their jobs [if they take time off].