Paid Sick Days Delayed! Sign the Petition!
After over 25 organizations came together to win Paid Sick Days for over 50,000 working people in Pittsburgh earlier this year, the Restaurant Association partnered with 5 local businesses to try and shut down the legislation.
Due to the lawsuit, the start date for Paid Sick Days has been delayed from January 11th, 2016 to March 10,2016.
This lawsuit is an attempt by corporate lobbyists–partnered with only 5 local businesses–to take away the rights and benefits of thousands of working people and families.
We need to stand up and fight back against these lobbyists and employers who could care less about building strong communities, healthy families and a healthy city. The Restaurant Association wants nothing more than to line their pockets with the hard earned money gained from the sweat of working people.
It’s time to tell the Restaurant Association and these local businesses that Pittsburgh has had enough! We want good, family sustaining jobs. We need Paid Sick Days!
Why Paid Sick Days?
Paid Sick Days Protect Public Health
Research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh showed that providing workers two paid “flu days” reduces the spread of flu by 40%. Parents with paid sick days are also 20% more likely to keep a sick child home from school.
Paid Sick Days Strengthens the Economy
Paid sick days reduce turnover. Replacing workers can cost up to 200% of their annual salaries.
Paid Sick Days Strengthen Communities
Paid sick days would increase job stability. Nearly 1/4 of workers have been fired or threatened with job loss for taking time off for illness.
Research on Paid Sick Days
Access to Paid Sick Time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Universal Paid Sick Leave Reduces Spread of Flu, According to Pitt Simulation
UPMC Physician Resources
Policies to Reduce Influenza in the Workplace: Impact Assessments Using an Agent-Based Model
Kumar et al, American Journal of Public Health (2013)
The Impact of Workplace Policies and Other Social Factors on Self-Reported Influenza-Like Illness Incidence During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
Kumar et al, American Journal of Public Health (2011)
Action United, Fight For 15 PA, Fight Back Pittsburgh and Women’s Caucus of Fight Back Pittsburgh, One Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, PPWP–Planned Parenthood of Western PA, The Women and Girls Foundation, Women’s Law Project, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club, 32BJ SEIU Pennsylvania, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23, UNITE HERE Local 57, Working America, Just Harvest, Pride at Work PA, First Pittsburgh National Organization for Women, Clean Air Council, American Federation of Teachers, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, IATSE Local 3, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement