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Paid Sick Time

More than half of American workers in the private sector cannot take a paid sick day. They must go to work sick, or risk losing a day's pay or even their jobs. Read on for more information on the issue and how you can help.


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IWJ Materials on Paid Sick Time

Paid Sick Time: Half of American Workers Can't Take a Sick Day!
IWJ policy statement and background on paid sick days and the need for legislation, updated March 2008.

Healing Injustice at the Workplace: A Faith-Based Study Guide on Paid Sick Days

Use this study guide in your congregation to learn about and discuss paid sick days in a faith-based framework, May 2008.

Healthy Families Act – Delegation Toolkit

Full of information on paid sick days, the Healthy Families Act, and guidance to arrange an interfaith delegation to your representatives, April 2008.

Acting Justly for Healthy Families

A bulletin insert on paid sick days -- January 2008.

Healthy Families Act – Support Letter

A letter to Congress urging passage of the Healthy Families Act signed by over 125 organizations. April 28, 2008

Take Action

  • Urge your Senator and Congressperson to cosponsor the Healthy Families Act. If your representatives are not cosponsors of the Healthy Families Act, urge them to sign on! Send them a letter or call their office and explain how every worker needs time off to care for themselves or a family member when they are sick.
  • Organize an interfaith delegation to your congressperson or senator. Use this toolkit to get started.
  • Ask your faith body, justice group, or other appropriate body to add their name to the organizational sign-on letter.
  • Encourage the distribution of this bulletin insert in your congregation.

Further Information

The National Partnership for Women and Families is spearheading the Paid Sick Days coalition. Find information, talking points, and more.

Read about the Paid Sick Day Campaign in North Carolina and in California and in New York.