No one should be at risk for losing a job because they get sick or have to take care of a loved one who is ill. The movement for increased paid sick leave has spread across the country, with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio signing a paid sick leave resolution several weeks ago.

A similar resolution may be on the way in Chicago—we just need to raise our voices and see it through! The Chicago City Council has introduced an ordinance that would provide every employee in the city with at least five paid sick days a year that can also be used to care for family members. A majority of City Council members have voiced support, but there’s still work to be done. We need nine more aldermen to sign on to this resolution to guarantee passage.

In Chicago, nearly half of all private sector employees and 80% of low-wage workers do not have a single paid sick day. Many employees have to go to work sick or risk losing their source of income—leading to the spread of illness and potential public health issues. Guaranteed paid sick leave ensures a more economically  fair and just situation for workers and a healthier workforce.

Sign UltraViolet’s petition advocating for the paid sick leave resolution here: http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/Chicago_PSD/?akid=899.279728.EQL-nw&rd=1&t=1

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