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Meet The People Who Just Created The Biggest Wave Of Paid Sick Day Victories Ever

Here’s a headline – from ThinkProgress – currently bouncing around among advocates and activists like a ping-pong ball. It’s a huge compliment to the coalition working together this early autumn to midwife earned sick day legislation – following the breakthrough cities of Newark and Jersey City – through city after city by ordinance.

New Jersey is now the epicenter of the movement for earned sick leave, which will result in workers having time to recover properly, or care for a sick child, and protect co-workers and strangers from illness. To do the right thing for good health and have a chance to do it without worrying about losing a job.

Congratulations on well-deserved good – and national – press to New Jersey Working Families, NJ Citizen Action NJTime to Care Coalition, NJ Communities United, SEIU 32BJ and CWA. And the residents of Jersey City, Newark, East Orange, Paterson, Passaic and Irvington.

Way to start a progressive wave, people.  

Paterson becomes 5th NJ city to pass earned sick days ordinance

Last night, Paterson City Council voted in an earned sick days ordinance, becoming the third NJ city just this week to pass the identical ordinance and the fifth city overall.

The municipal ordinances passed in Paterson, East Orange and Passaic and pending in other municipalities are closely modeled on the Newark ordinance enacted this summer. They allow private-sector workers to earn 1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.  Those that work in businesses with 10 or more employees can earn 5 paid sick days per year; workers in businesses with nine or fewer employees would be eligible to earn 3 paid sick days per year. In addition, employees directly in contact with the public, such as food service and daycare workers would be eligible to earn 5 sick days regardless of company size. The days can be used to care for themselves or for sick children, siblings, parents, grandparents or grandchildren.

Paterson is New Jersey’s 3rd largest city. The Rutgers Center for Women and Work estimates that 23,000 Paterson residents will now be able to earn paid sick days thanks to the local law. The city is 53% Latino, a population that disproportionately lacks access to paid sick days. Only 45% of Latino workers have paid sick days, compared to 60% of the general public.