National Partnership for Women & Families

Congress: Co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act today!

Congress: Co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act today!


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Support paid sick days and co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act

Dear  Member of Congress,

On behalf of at least 41 million working people without paid sick days, I urge you to co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act.

This important legislation would guarantee working people the right to earn up to seven paid sick days per year to recover from their own illnesses, care for a sick family member or seek preventive care.

Nearly 40 jurisdictions nationwide have adopted paid sick days laws, but all workers -- no matter where they live or work -- should have the economic security paid sick days provide.

Working people should not be forced to risk their jobs or financial security to take care of themselves or their families when illness strikes. Yet at least 41 million private sector workers -- 36 percent of the workforce -- are forced to make that decision when illness strikes because they cannot earn paid sick days. Millions more workers cannot earn paid sick time they can use to care for a sick child or family member.

That means millions of workers lose pay or even risk losing their jobs simply because they get sick, an ill child needs care or they need to take an elderly parent to a medical appointment. And the consequences can be significant: Just three and a half days missed without pay can deprive an average family without paid sick days of an entire month's grocery budget.

That is why I support updating our nation's workplace laws so they reflect the realities of today's working families -- and millions of us are counting on you and your colleagues in Congress to do the same.

Please support paid sick days and co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act today.

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