Montgomery County Council to Vote on Paid Sick Leave Bill With 100,000+ County Residents Unable to Take Paid Sick Days, Supporters and Impacted Workers Gather to Urge Swift, Strong Passage

Posted June 22, 2015 /

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  • Susana Flores, CASA, 240-706-2624 (Eng and Spa)
  • Amy Saltzman, Working Matters / JOTF, 301-656-0348
  • Michael Blain, LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, 240-393-7030
  • Andrea Vaughn, Public Justice Center, 443-695- 9967
  • Brett Abrams, MomsRising, 516-841-1105

Montgomery County Council to Vote on Paid Sick Leave Bill
With 100,000+ County Residents Unable to Take Paid Sick Days, Supporters and Impacted Workers Gather to Urge Swift, Strong Passage

What:         Press conference and Montgomery County Council Vote on Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill — Bill 60-14

When and Where: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 am, Lobby
Montgomery Council Bldg, 100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

Who:           Council Chair George Leventhal, Councilwoman Nancy Navarro,  other elected leaders, large crowd of affected workers and advocates
ROCKVILLE – This Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council will debate and vote whether to give workers in the county the opportunity to earn up to seven paid sick days each year. Councilmembers George Leventhal and Nancy Navarro will be joined by other councilmembers, advocates, and workers affected by the proposal at a press conference immediately preceding the hearing.

 

“Sick leave is a critical component of ensuring that county families have the resources they need to care for themselves and their children,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro.  “I urge my colleagues to pass the strongest policy possible to so that working mothers and fathers are able to care for themselves and their families when illness strikes.”

 

The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill — Bill 60-14 – would:

 

·         Allow Montgomery County workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to seven full days (56 hours) of paid sick leave 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

·         Permit employers with existing paid leave standards to maintain those policies as long as they comply with the minimum requirements of the Act

 

This legislation would bring paid sick days to more than 100,000 workers in Montgomery County who are forced to choose between caring for their own health or the health of a loved one and ensuring their family’s economic security.

 

“People work hard every day to make Montgomery County great and we in elected office should respond to their real needs,” said George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council Chair.  “A paid sick policy is good for workers, for business, and for consumers.”

 

Backed by Working Matters, a coalition of 140 organizations working to advance the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days, the measure is supported by a broad group of local organizations 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.