CASA Applauds Unanimous Vote of Montgomery County Council Supporting Strongest Earned Sick Leave Policy in CountryPosted June 23, 2015 /
María José Sandoval
CASA Applauds Unanimous Vote of Montgomery County Council Supporting Strongest Earned Sick Leave Policy in Country
More than 100,000+ County Residents Will No Longer Have to Choose Between Their Health and Their Economic Stability
ROCKVILLE – This Tuesday afternoon, the Montgomery County Council voted yes to give more than 100,000 county residents the opportunity to earn paid sick days to care for themselves and their families.
“On behalf of CASA’s many thousand Montgomery County members who will benefit from this protection, we thank the Montgomery County Council and urge County Executive Leggett to swiftly sign the bill into law,” said Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA. “The working people who build our county deserve the chance to care for their families in the same way that so many of us take for granted.”
The effort, led by Councilmembers George Leventhal and Nancy Navarro, establishes some of the strongest provisions in the country including:
- Allowing Montgomery County workers that work at companies of 5 or more employees to earn up to seven full days of paid sick leave per year
- Allowing Montgomery County workers that work at companies of 4 or less employees to earn a guaranteed four paid and 3 unpaid sick leave days per year
- Afford employees “safe time” to take paid leave to obtain medical attention, victims services, counseling, relocation or legal services as a result of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, and assist sick family members including elderly parents and children
- Ensure that employees who are laid off are able to use previously accumulated time if they are rehired within 9 months
A series of strong council votes were able to withstand several attempts to weaken the protections. CASA wants to particularly recognize the efforts of Council President Leventhal, Councilmember Elrich, Councilmember Hucker, Councilmember Navarro, and Councilmember Riemer for working collaboratively and decisively to produce the very strongest bill in the country.
CASA a member of the Working Matters Coalition, worked together with dozens of partner organizations in advocating for the bill including 32BJ SEIU, Advocates for Children and Youth, CASA, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jews United for Justice, Job Opportunities Task Force, LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, Maryland Working Families, the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, MomsRising, the Montgomery County Education Association, National Nurses United, Progressive Maryland, Public Justice Center, SEIU Local 500, UFWC Local 1994 MCGEO, and UFCW Local 400. On the day of the vote more than 30 CASA members, immigrants from Latin America and West Africa who perform some of the County’s most difficult work, came out to cheer on councilmembers in moving the bill to victory.