TIME’S UP Now Reiterates Call for Congress to Pass Paid Sick Leave Without Delay
Changing Laws & Policy, Debates, Equity, Federal Policy, Safety
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.”
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ABOUT PAID SICK LEAVE AS A MATTER OF EQUITY FOR WORKERS
- Some 32 million U.S. workers – including nurses, caregivers, and those in food service who work directly with the public – do not have access to a single paid sick day.
- More than half of Latinas and one-third of black women do not have the option to take paid time off when they are sick.
- Seven out of 10 workers in low-paid jobs do not have paid sick days.
- Women are 80 percent of the healthcare workforce in general and nearly 80 percent of the public health workforce, as well.
- Women are 60 percent of caretakers in general and black caregivers spent an average of 5 more hours per month caregiving than white caregivers.
TIME'S UP Now
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.