We want to thank you for supporting the campaign for Paid Sick Leave. Last week, we had a pair of great hearings in the House Economic Matters Committee (on Feb. 18) and in the Senate Finance Committee (on Feb. 20). Three panels of individuals spoke from the Working Matters coalition, which is fighting for Paid Sick Leave in Maryland. Among those who testified was a cook (whose entire restaurant staff became sick), an expert from the National Partnership for Woman and Families, and several leaders in the United Workers. We also lobbied our representatives and packed the hearing rooms. Our presence was strong and people’s testimonies were moving. You can see pictures here and here. One of the testimonies is below and more will be available soon at UnitedWorkers.org
As with any legislation, the bill is a process. Despite our strength this year, we are aware that many issues are at the forefront of our representatives’ concerns. The House and Senate committees are currently deliberating over the Paid Sick Leave Bill and now is the time to give them an extra push.
Please contact your representatives ask them to support House Bill 968 and Senate Bill 753, for Paid Sick Leave. You can find your representatives and their contact information at www.mdelect.net. If your representatives are not in support of the bill please ask them why and let us know what they say! Below is a small sample phone script.
Thanks to the support of individuals like you who have taken the time to stand up for Paid Sick Leave, we are confident that if the bill does not go through this year it will take priority next year. But we have a lot of work to do and we have to keep raising awareness of this important issue. Currently 700,000 Maryland residents do not have Paid Sick Leave. Yet, everyone in Maryland deserves the right to Paid Sick Leave, and the longer Maryland employees have to go without it, the more children will go to school with fevers, the more restaurants will spread sickness, and the more employees will labor without dignity. We need your help to continue to show our support in these simple ways:
1) Call or E-mail your representatives
2) Forward this message/email to your friends
3) You can also invite our Paid Sick Leave organizer, Nicole Costen, to speak to your organization, church, or any group. She can be reached at ncosten(at)gmail.com.
Thank you for taking a few moments to help us propel the campaign forward. We can not succeed without it. Have a great day!
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT:
My name is ________ and I’m a constituent of Delegate / Senator ________. I’m calling today to ask Senator/ Delegate ________ to cosponsor the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act.
The issue of paid sick days is incredibly important to me and my family and I hope Senator / Delegate ________ will join Delegate Olszewski and Senator Pugh in cosponsoring this legislation.
Dear Delegate / Senator ________,
My name is ________ and I’m writing as your constituent to urge you to cosponsor the Earned Sick and Safe
Leave Act. The issue of paid sick days is incredibly important to me and my family. (Insert personal story /perspective here.) I sincerely hope you will join Delegate Olszewski and Senator Pugh in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.
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