Pass a Statewide Earned Sick Time Policy for All Oregonians
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Pass a Statewide Earned Sick Time Policy for All Oregonians

    1. Petition by

      Rose Wilde, with Family Forward Oregon

Right now, 48% of Oregonians private-sector workers don't earn a single day of sick time, so they're working sick and unable to care for sick family members without losing needed pay. And it affects all of us.

Truth is, we all get sick, but not all of us have time to recover – and it affects all of us. A shocking 48% of private-sector workers in Oregon and 80% of low-wage workers nationally have no paid sick days from their job – not one. But there’s a simple solution: allow workers to earn paid sick time while they work. When they do, everybody benefits. Here’s how:

1. Earned sick days will improve public health in Oregon.
Workers who can’t earn sick days are heavily concentrated in jobs that require a high level of interaction with the public — the people who serve and prepare our food, look after our children and care for the elderly. When those workers feel compelled to come to work sick, it’s not just their health that’s at risk — it’s all of us.

2. Earned sick days will protect the economic security of Oregon families.
For too many Oregon families, taking a child to the doctor or staying home with the flu means losing pay - or even your job. Just a few paid sick days a year can provide working families a much-needed measure of economic security, especially in these tough economic times. No one should have to choose between their job and their family’s health.

3. Earned sick days are smart for Oregon business.
By allowing employees to earn paid sick time, employers increase productivity and save money in the long run. Employees who come to work sick are less productive and recover more slowly. They’re also likely to spread illness to co-workers, which reduces productivity and increases absenteeism. Earned sick days also help retain good employees and keep turnover costs low.

4. Earned sick days will make our healthcare system more efficient and effective.
Earning sick days allows working families to get regular preventive care and early treatment for illnesses. People who can’t earn sick days are more likely to depend on emergency room services, driving up costs for all of us. They’re also less likely to receive the kind of preventive care that keeps people healthy, lessens the risk of chronic illness, and keeps healthcare costs down for all of us over the long term.


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Recent signatures


    1. Stick Leave Bill Gets a Second Hearing - Wednesday June 5

      The paid sick days bill is moving through the Oregon state legislature right now (it’s HB 3390-2)! Our state legislature will adjourn at the end of June or mid-way into July, so we have a short window of opportunity to speak up in support of this bill! There are 3 ways you can help now:

      1. Attend the public hearing this Wednesday, June 5th, in the state capitol (Hearing Room F). No need to testify. The folks at Family Forward Oregon will give you a “PAID SICK DAYS NOW” sticker to show you’re a supporter! (Here’s a map: Questions? Email for Lisa or Lili.

      2. Contact your state representative and senator DIRECTLY to let them know you support paid sick days and and want them to. Mention the bill: HB 3390-2. To contact them, go here:

      3. Hop on Family Forward Oregon’s email list

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. House Bill 3390 Gets a Hearing in the Oregon House

      Hey everyone - Thanks for your support! I attended the first hearing of a bill that would expand earned sick leave to all Oregonians - very similar to the new policy in Portland. It is House Bill 3390 and is under review in the House Labor and Education Committee. I heard many supportive comments, but also opposition from businesses fearing they would lose out to out of state competition. I say keep your business local and support those who have humane sick leave policies. Many were farmers or representatives of farmers - and though I sympathize with businesses trying to make ends meet, I also think it is VITAL that our food industries protect us from illness by ensuring sick workers stay home. There was a great turn out of supporters, especially members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and staff and volunteers from Family Forward Oregon (I am a volunteer with FFO, myself). I spoke with my representative, Paul Holvey, who is on the committee. He seems positive!

    4. Reached 100 signatures


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