Sick days sought for all Massachusetts workers

Supporters backing question on November ballot

BOSTON (WWLP) – Workers rallied on the State House steps Monday to push for earned sick time for all employees.

The workers were joined by some business leaders and state lawmakers, who are backing their call.

“We should not have a society where people have to choose between holding onto a job or caring for their sick loved one,” said Rep. Thomas Conroy (D-Wayland).

That is, however, too often the case for workers like Emily Rodriguez, who is a home health aide in Springfield. If she gets sick, she risks either getting her patient sick or not being able to provide for her family.

“I cannot afford to miss a day’s pay, and if I have a day sick, my paycheck is short and I’m not able to pay my bills at the end of the month,” Rodriguez said.

Workers hand-delivered more than 25,000 certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to place their question on the ballot. If passed into law, workers would be protected from being fired if they take a sick day, or if they need to care for a sick family member.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.

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