TIME’S UP Now Reiterates Call for Congress to Pass Paid Sick Leave Without Delay

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With the coronavirus now a global pandemic, TIME’S UP Now and its supporters are dialing up pressure on Congress to pass paid sick leave protections for all workers. Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, provided the following statement:

“The United States is one of only two industrialized countries without paid sick leave, which means tens of millions of U.S. workers face financial insecurity if they need to stay home. The fact that so many workers do not have access to paid sick leave is not only morally wrong – it also endangers our health, safety, and economic security.

“The need for national paid sick leave isn’t new – everyone gets sick, and everyone needs time off work to get better. Providing paid sick leave isn’t just right thing to do in this crisis – it’s a basic protection that all of us, no matter who you are or where you work, will inevitably need at some point in our lives.

“Providing paid sick leave is also key to unlocking deeply entrenched gender, racial, and economic disparities in our country, with workers in low-paid jobs and women of color among the least likely to have paid sick days. The majority of our health care and public health workforce are women, who are on the front lines of the fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus. And as the majority of caregivers in this country, women are at higher risk of the toll of this crisis as they struggle to balance the conflicting demands of work, health, and family.

“That’s why TIME’S UP is fighting for all workers to have access to paid sick days, both in a global health emergency and every day. Waiting isn’t an option. It’s time for Congress to take immediate action to make paid sick leave a reality.”



TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.