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July 25, 2014 / needhamgrassroots

Letter: Paid Sick Time Essential

typewriter 2Needham Times – July 24, 2014 — Today, nearly one million employees working in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts receive no paid sick time from their employers. Since taking time off to see a doctor or staying home to recover from an illness will result in a loss of pay, for many of these employees, taking time off is simply not an option they can afford.

This November, thanks to a coalition led by Raise Up Massachusetts, there will be a question on the ballot that [question 4], if passed, will ensure that workers across the Commonwealth will have the right to earn a limited number of paid sick days per year.

Aside from the obvious benefit this legislation provides for workers, businesses will benefit as well by having a healthier workforce.Employees who come to work sick are often less productive, and they expose other employees to illnesses, which can affect future productivity.

This is also good from a public health perspective. When people go to work sick, especially in service-related industries such as restaurants, they expose coworkers and customers. If they take public transportation, they expose other riders.

Providing workers with the option to care for themselves in the privacy and comfort of their own home is long overdue in Massachusetts. I hope you will support this important initiative by voting “yes” for earned sick time in November.

For more information regarding the Earned Sick Time bill, visit the Raise Up Massachusetts website at http://raiseupma.org.

yeson4Stacie Shapiro

Needham

Note:

“Earned Sick Time” will be ballot question #4. Vote YES on Question 4 to pass Earned Sick Time in Massachusetts. Many Needham activists spent hours working to get Question 4 on November’s ballot. A true grassroots effort! 

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