In Your State
Find out about the movements for paid sick days and paid family leave in your community.
The California Work & Family Coalition is a collaborative of unions and community groups protecting every Californian’s right to a job and a life. We believe that no one should have to risk their job to take care of themselves or their families. We organize working families, raise public awareness to build family friendly workplaces in California.
The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Coalition is a broad, diverse coalition led by 9to5 Colorado and includes of community organizations, labor groups, faith leaders, public health groups, elected officials and businesses. We are all working together to build a community full of healthy families and workplaces and a stronger economy.
EverybodyBenefits.org is Connecticut’s campaign for paid sick days. Formed by a broad coalition of public health professionals, women’s advocates, union members, faith leaders, small business owners and concerned citizens, the EverybodyBenefits campaign made history by passing the first statewide law guaranteeing paid sick days.
The Miami-Dade Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces Campaign is working to ensure all jobs in the county include earned sick time.
Losing a day’s wages, or worse, a job, for keeping a sick child home from school or bringing an aging parent to the doctor undermines families’ ability cover the basics like groceries and rent—spending that keep local businesses and the economy moving. In Georgia, an estimated 878,000 people do not have access to family care days, to care for a loved one in need, forcing them to make the impossible choice between taking care of a sick loved one and keeping food on the table.
That’s why we need the Family Care Act (HB 290), which would enable people to use their earned sick time to care for loved ones.
The Georgia Job/Family Collaborative is made up of more than 50 local and statewide organizations, including health advocacy, faith-based, seniors, labor, and community groups. Founded in 2000 to expand access to family leave, the Collaborative has successfully won improved access to unemployment insurance for women and low-wage workers. Our goal is to build support for public policies that strengthen communities by ensuring that working families can balance their responsibilities at home and on the job.
Women Employed leads the Illinois Paid Leave Coalition. The Coalition includes dozens of advocacy groups from across the state working to raise public awareness about the need for paid sick days and communicating with legislators about the need for the proposed Healthy Workplace Act; a bill to establish paid sick days as a new workplace standard in Illinois.
The Maine Working Families Coalition is comprised of economic, social, and community justice organizations from across the State. We work to ensure that policymakers represent the interests of Maine’s working families.
In Maryland, more than 700,000 of our neighbors are forced to make impossible choices: go to work sick, send an ill child to school or daycare, or stay home and sacrifice much-needed income or, worse, risk job loss. Working Matters, Maryland’s Campaign for Paid Sick Days, was founded in 2012 by the Job Opportunities Task Force, Public Justice Center, and United Workers. Working Matters is a coalition of more than 100 organizations from throughout the state, including partners from the labor, faith, and business communities, as well as advocates for children, seniors and women, and anti-poverty advocates.
The Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition (MPLC) includes over 80 state and local community organizations, labor unions, businesses, doctors, researchers, policy, and data experts working together to educate the public and policy makers about the critical need for access to paid leave for all workers. Our members include diverse organizations throughout Massachusetts working to improve the lives of workers and their families. The goal of our campaign for seven paid sick days is to help low-wage workers stay employed, build assets, and enhance the well-being of their families.
Mothering Justice is shaping the conversation about workplace standards, specifically paid sick days, in Michigan. Though Michigan has a great history of creating and protecting the middle class by standing up for workers’ rights, this is Michigan’s first attempt to establish paid sick days legislation. We believe all Michigan workers should be able to take time off to get well without the fear of financially instability.
TakeAction Minnesota works with our 26 organizational members and 11,000 individual members to make change that matters to Minnesotans. We believe that access to paid sick leave is an essential part of our work to build a fair economy, and is working with coalition partners and members to raise awareness of the need for paid sick days in our state. We are currently engaged in a statewide public education campaign.
The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition, a broad-based group of over 100 community, advocacy, union, religious, research, and academic organizations, supports initiatives that make sure working families have paid time to care. The Coalition is building on the successful earned sick days campaigns in Jersey City and Newark campaigns to advance a statewide paid sick days standard for New Jersey workers.
The New York Paid Leave Coalition won a paid sick day standard to cover the 1.3 million NYC workers who risked losing their job or a day’s pay if they stayed home when they or their child becomes ill. The coalition includes advocates working on behalf of women, children, the aged, labor, business, low-wage workers, restaurant workers, immigrants, public health advocates, doctors and nurses. The Coalition is now focusing on winning a paid family leave insurance bill.
The North Carolina Families Care Campaign is a growing statewide coalition of organizations and individuals who are leading the effort to make North Carolina more family-friendly. Working together, community, religious, labor, healthcare, professional, and family groups are advocating for state policy change that ensure that no workers have to make the difficult choice of caring for an ill family member or risking a day’s pay or even a job.
The Oregon Work and Family Coalition is coordinated by Family Forward Oregon with assistance from Children First for Oregon. The coalition is comprised of organizations representing seniors, women, children, working families, persons of color, faith communities, low-income workers, labor, health professionals, and employers.
The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is made up of over 109 organizations fighting for paid sick days at the local, state, and national level. The coalition is led by PathWays PA, an organization serving women and families throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Our partners include labor leaders, religious organizations, LGBTQ advocates, businesses, and other advocacy groups. As a Coalition, we believe that no one should be forced by illness to choose between the job they need and the family they love.
WECareRI, which stands for Workers and Employers Care for Rhode Island, is a growing coalition of businesses and advocates anchored by Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. In 2013, WECareRI celebrated a major victory, when Temporary Caregivers Insurance passed into state law, making Rhode Island the 3rd state in the country to have paid family leave. Temporary Caregivers Insurance provides income during an employee’s leave to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously injured relative. Now employees can face a serious life event without jeopardizing his or her family’s economic security.
Guaranteed paid sick days for all Vermont workers will benefit everybody. Paid sick days are good for
workers and their families, good for employers, and critical to public health and safety. Unfortunately,
thousands of Vermonters do not have access to paid sick time because no federal or state law currently
guarantees any paid time off for Vermont workers. At present, half of Vermont’s private sector
employers do not offer paid sick time. The Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition is working to pass a bill
that would require employers to permit absence from work for personal or family health reasons
without loss of pay.
The Washington Work and Family Coalition believes our families, communities, and economy will be stronger when working people have enough income to cover the basics while protecting their own health and caring for their loved ones. That’s why we’re fighting for paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance for all workers. Our most recent successes include the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law, which guarantees most people who work in Seattle the right to earn 5 to 9 days of paid sick leave a year. Our statewide Coalition includes representatives of seniors, women, labor, health professionals, children’s advocates, faith communities, small business owners, low-income workers, employers, non-profits and other organizations.
The Paid Sick Days for All coalition is a collaborative of community groups and unions working to ensure that all workers in the District of Columbia can take a day off to care for themselves and their loved ones when they get sick. We believe that no one should have to choose between their health and their jobs.
Keep Families First (KFF) is a diverse statewide coalition formed to protect Wisconsin’s current Family and Medical Leave Act and create Family and Medical Leave Insurance. Keep Families First is a broad partnership of families, workers, and their advocates created out of the critical necessity to provide economic security for Wisconsin families. Nobody should be forced to abandon their new babies or sick family members at the risk of losing a pay check or their job all together, because they are being denied time to care for their family.