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82% of Chicago voters want workers to have
both their health and their paycheck

Currently 42 percent of Chicago workers, and nearly 80 percent of low-wage workers, do not get a single sick day. This translates to nearly half a million people who cannot afford to stay home when they are sick and miss a day’s pay—or worse, lose their job. So they come to work sick. 

The vast majority of voters answered “yes” to the ballot referendum asking whether the City of Chicago should require employers to provide paid sick time for a worker’s personal or family illness, an incident of domestic or sexual violence, or a school or building closure due to a public health emergency. There is already an ordinance in the Chicago City Council that could make this a reality; this ordinance has the support of over half of the city’s aldermen. The proposed bill would allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every thirty hours worked, for between five and nine days a year, depending on employer size.

Nationwide, the momentum for paid sick time is undeniable. Three states and 17 cities have passed paid sick time laws. Chicago should be next.

Tell Mayor Emanuel and your alderman that Chicagoans believe families cannot afford to wait any longer for paid sick time.