Taking time off of work to ensure that we and our families are healthy should not require putting our jobs in jeopardy. But nearly 2 million Michiganders don’t have the right to earn paid time off and risk getting fired or losing income to pay their bills every time they need to see a doctor or stay home with a sick child. Paid sick time isn’t only good for workers and families; it’s good for the economy, and it boosts employment and income stability.
Lansing politicians have ignored this basic need of Michigan families, but Michiganders don’t have to rely on politicians to do what’s right. The Time to Care Coalition is leading a ballot campaign to guarantee that all working people in Michigan have access to earned sick leave.
The Earned Sick Time Act will provide working Michiganders and their families the right to do things like see a doctor, rest when they are sick, and care for a loved one without losing salary or risking getting fired. It also allows earned time to be used by domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and by parents to attend school meetings about their child’s disability or health. In addition to specifying how the time adds up and can be used, the Earned Sick Time Act prohibits employers from punishing their employees for requesting, exercising, or enforcing these rights.