Suppose you are working a low-paying job and require 50 days off for cancer treatment. If you live in the United States, you’re in the only developed nation that does not require your employer to provide at least some paid sick leave.
Suppose you are a restaurant worker in Trenton and come down with the flu. If you take a few days off to recover, you won’t be paid, and if you’re not paid, you can’t feed your family. What choice do you have? Come into work and spread your germs, or let your kids go hungry.
Although 80% of Trenton’s workers already have some paid sick leave benefits, approximately 13,000 workers – mostly in low-paying jobs – are forced to make a decision on whether to work if they or their child is ill.
Last November, Trenton voters overwhelmingly approved an ordinance extending paid sick leave to nearly all workers.
In a classic David vs. Goliath confrontation, powerful business lobbyists are now trying to nullify the will of the voters. A Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments on April 16 as to whether this ordinance should go into effect or be postponed indefinitely.
Today, in Trenton, a coalition of groups held a rally and press conference to heighten awareness of this issue.