Working Texans for Paid Sick Time (Working Texans) and a coalition of progressive grassroots organizations that intend to place an earned paid sick time initiative on the ballot in 2018. In addition to providing a much-needed benefit to millions of working families, this campaign will harness the power of marginalized would-be voters to create a better Texas—one where working people have a voice in the policy decisions that affect their lives.
Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk losing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefore are less productive at work.
A strong economy is built on strong families.
This initiative will not just give people the right to take a day off when they alone are sick. Employees can use paid sick leave for reasons related to their own health or a family member’s health, including physical illness, injury, mental illness, or preventative care. Employees may also use earned leave if they or a family member needs to receive medical attention, take legal action, move, or obtain other victim services related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.