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Election Results in Paid Sick Days Wins for Families and Workers

Pundits are waking up this morning talking about a Republican takeover of Congress. But underneath this headline is a story of citizens from coast to coast who cast their ballots last night for economic opportunity and a fair shot for millions of workers. Not only did voters approve measures to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska, Arkansas, Alaska, and South Dakota, but Massachusetts voters also passed a historic measure to guarantee employees access to paid sick days, making it the third state in the country to pass such a law.

And on the heels of these wins come a string of local victories, including successful efforts to bring San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 per hour; to increase the minimum wage and guarantee paid sick days in Oakland; and to ensure residents of Trenton and Montclair, New Jersey, access to earned sick time when they need it most.

After one of the worst economic slumps in nearly a century – one that is sadly not over for many – it has become clear that we need a new strategy. When workers don’t have access to paid sick days, they must go to work sick or risk losing their jobs. This is an impossible choice for parents and those who care for ill family members. Now thanks to efforts by the California Work & Family Coalition, SEIU, Lift Up Oakland, New Jersey’s Time to Care Coalition, Raise Up Massachusetts, Family Values @ Work, and so many more, millions of employees will not have to risk their paychecks to be good parents, or see their ability to earn a decent wage eroded by the minute.

My congratulations go out to the tireless advocates who made these measures a reality and who keep us moving forward.


Anastasia Ordonez

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