“I recently lost my mother . . . a holocaust survivor [who] ended up dying because [her] home care aide did not have paid sick time.”
“We need paid sick days so that people can really take care of their health . . . [one of my diabetic patients] ended up in the Emergency Room three times in one year for a serious infection that could have spread to his blood and killed him . . . because he didn’t have paid sick days.”
“I’ve had a first hand opportunity to see the impact that not being able to take off work when you’re sick has on people. [People are forced to make choices] between their body and their dignity and potentially losing their jobs; it’s not fair.”
“We find that patients are unable to stay home, even when they have been instructed to by their doctor, because they can’t miss the time off of work.”
“My wife had a C-section. If I didn’t go back to work right away…chances were that I was going to lose my job and put my family more in jeopardy.”
“As a result of missing a few days of work…I had to [choose between] do[ing] my laundry or buy[ing] a metrocard to go to work.”
“We see [paid sick days] as part of our larger mission of sustainability. We’re going to contribute to a better Brooklyn and a better New York City.”
I work for myself as does my husband…and politically and personally we believe that the good treatment of mothers is a human rights issue.