Statement on President’s Call for Congress to Pass Healthy Families Act

David R. Jones

In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Obama is expected to urge Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would give workers nationwide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. The President will also call on states and local governments to pass sick leave legislation. 

In New York City, the right to paid sick leave was earned after years of work on the part of advocates and activists. CSS is proud to have played a crucial role – it was our research that first identified the widespread lack of paid sick leave, particularly among low-income New Yorkers.  Thanks to the work of a strong coalition, and the commitment of a new mayor, paid sick leave is now a reality for millions of working New Yorkers. 

Following the passage of paid sick leave in New York City, several other localities across the country passed their own ordinances. We agree with President Obama that paid sick leave should be the law of the land for all workers in the United States.  Nobody should have to choose between their health and their wages. We are proud to have contributed to the passage of paid sick leave in New York City, and are hopeful that all workers will soon enjoy this fundamental right.

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