About the Proposal
The Earned Sick Time Act is a bill to provide workers with the right to earn sick time for personal or family health needs, as well as purposes related to domestic violence and sexual assault and school meetings needed as the result of a child’s disability, health, or issues due to domestic violence and sexual assault; to specify the conditions for accruing and using earned sick time; to prohibit retaliation against an employee for requesting, exercising, or enforcing rights granted in this act; to prescribe powers and duties of certain state departments, agencies, and officers; to provide for promulgation of rules; and to provide remedies and sanctions.
The proposal would allow people to earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked. Workers could earn up to nine days of paid sick time, depending on the size of the business.
To read the full text of the proposal, click here.
EPST Campaign Update
For nearly a year, activists and organizers with MI Time to Care worked day and night collecting signatures in the fight for earned paid sick time in Michigan. Our goal was to put a question on the ballot that would have allowed all working people in Michigan to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours on the job.
We didn’t quite make it, but we’re going to continue on because this campaign is too important and too many people need this vital tool in their lives. It’s about families, it’s about justice, and it’s about creating a better Michigan for everyone.
An astonishing number of Michiganders — 1.5 million — don’t have the opportunity to take time to care for themselves or a loved one when they’re ill without fear of losing out on their paycheck or being fired.
Allowing people to take time off work when they’re sick without the fear of missing bill payments or affording medication should not be a controversial issue – and in Michigan, it isn’t. The vast majority of voters support the opportunity for all working people to earn paid sick time.
It was a simple, fair, and just proposal. However, a combination of conservatives in the legislature changing the rules at the last minute and the prohibitive costs to running such a campaign from the grassroots forced us to sideline our campaign.
The ability of citizens to petition their representatives in government through ballot drives is becoming increasingly difficult because of legislative shell games and prohibitive costs that are set up to deny us our right to have a say in our democracy.
But the push for earned paid sick leave for all is far from over. That’s why we’ve re-launched our campaign with an eye for the November 2018 ballot. With the experience of this last campaign, we have grown as a coalition. We have learned where we made mistakes, have built up the relationships that we need to succeed, and know we continue to have the backing of Michigan families.
We have the support from social justice, economic, and labor organizations across the state. And most importantly, we are unhindered in our quest to create a state where no one is left behind and everyone has an opportunity to get ahead.
Despite our setback in an effort to get to the ballot this year, we are undeterred. We will be back on the streets asking Michiganders to back earned paid sick time for all working people. And we know we’ll have their support because they were there for us before.
Conservatives in the legislature may continue to stack the deck against grassroots campaigns like ours in favor of wealthy corporate interests, but by working together we can build thriving communities where every working person is able to take care of themselves and their families.
We stand strong in the fight for economic justice for all and we will be back out there again with a new signature effort for 2018.
MI Time To Care
Taking time to ensure that we’re healthy and our families are healthy should not require putting our economic well being in jeopardy.
After attempting to pass a paid sick days law legislatively to no avail, the Time to Care Coalition has launched an earned sick days ballot campaign to guarantee that all working people in Michigan have access to earned sick leave.
Last year Raise Michigan executed a state-wide ballot campaign to raise the minimum wage. Training hundreds of organizers and collecting 320,000 signatures, our actions pushed the legislature to increase the minimum wage and tie it to inflation- things that weren't on their agenda at all until they saw that we were a force to be reckoned with. Knowing that access to earned paid sick time was also something that would significantly benefit workers in Michigan, we decided to again Raise Michigan!