On September 19th, a large group of organizers announced the start of the “MI Time To Care” petition drive.
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.
This particular bill will ensure that whether regardless of your employment classification, you’d earn one hour of accrued paid time for every 30 hours worked. And for businesses with less than 10 employees, you’d earn up to five days of paid leave per year.
Major news outlets turned up in Flint and Lansing to hear about this wonderful effort. Most would agree that parents shouldn’t have to choose between the jobs they need and the children they love. Everyone gets sick but everyone can not afford to get well.
Won’t you join us in the fight to ensure families that work can afford to get well? It’s simple to sign up to start collecting signatures in your area. Together, we can make life better for nearly 2 million Michiganders.