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  • All workers deserve paid sick time

    All workers deserve paid sick time

    Thursday, 16 October 2014

    Today in Massachusetts, almost one million workers can't take a single day of paid sick time to visit the doctor, take care of a sick child, or help an elderly parent. This represents about one in three workers and over half of workers earning under $35,000 a year.

  • Push by Workers for Paid Sick Days Gathers Steam

    Saturday, 04 October 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — For a majority of Americans, a sick day is just that — a day to stay home, rest up and get better before returning to work. But supporters of a Massachusetts ballot question say for many low-income workers, getting sick means losing pay and perhaps even their jobs. If approved by voters, the proposal would allow workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick time in a given year, earning one hour for every 30 hours they put in. Companies with ten or fewer employees would be exempted, as would those with equally or more generous sick leave policies in place. While sponsors say it would be the nation’s strongest sick time law, business groups view it as a short-sighted, one-size-fits-all approach that ignores economic realities facing many employers. Workers could take time off to care for themselves or a sick family member, though employers could demand a doctor’s note for absences longer than three days. Gabrielle Monteiro, 23, of New Bedford, said she once felt pressured by a supervisor to go to her job at a Laundromat just hours after being treated for a lung infection in a hospital emergency room.

  • Sick leave measure divides workers, businesses

    Sick leave measure divides workers, businesses

    Monday, 22 September 2014

    FALL RIVER — Timothy Chouinard, 39, was sitting on his porch having a drink and listening to music when two members of the Coalition for Social Justice started up the steps of the three-decker. “I knew you guys were going to stop,” he said, before Joe DiMauro started his well-rehearsed spiel. “Earned sick time is going to be on the ballot this coming November, Question No. 4. For every 30 hours a worker works, they earn an hour of sick time,” DiMauro began, as his vote canvassing partner, Maria Fortes, looked on. “That would be . . . important, right?” he asked. “Absolutely,” Chouinard said. “I work in a factory . . . right here in Fall River. I’m the typical person that you guys are working for right here.”

  • YesOn4 in Massachusetts: Time for Paid Sick Leave in The Bay State

    YesOn4 in Massachusetts: Time for Paid Sick Leave in The Bay State

    Monday, 22 September 2014

    People who will benefit from earned sick time in Massachusetts – Ballot Initiative 4 – are greeting activists enthusiastically at the door. They’re folks like Timothy Chouinard, a factory worker in Falls River who told them, “I knew you guys were going to stop. I’m the typical person that you guys are working for right here.” He went on to describe losing $80-$100 when he was out sick one day, and how his wife, who works at the same factory, was docked two days’ pay when their boys were ill. “I support this then,” he said. “Hell, yeah.”

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