Around the country, 1 in 6 workers have been fired or threatened with being dismissed just for taking time off due to personal or family illness. And when they are forced to go to work despite being sick, it can put everyone else at risk.
That’s why the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) is calling on Mayor Bloomberg to stand up for paid sick leave for all New York City workers. More than 44 million workers—including at least 1.4 million in New York City—do not have paid sick days.
Nearly 2 out of 3 low-wage workers (64%) do not have paid sick leave. For low-income working mothers it’s more dire: 70% don’t have paid time off to care for a sick child or their own illness. Lack of paid sick days is a health hazard for all New Yorkers: more than half of food service workers and 43% of workers in close contact with kids or the elderly are without it.
Join the Community Service Society of New York today, and tell Mayor Bloomberg that especially now when New Yorkers are struggling to hold onto their jobs they need basic, common sense benefits. No one should have to choose between their health and their paycheck!