NEWARK, NJ - Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia joined the mayors of Jersey City, Montclair, Newark, Passaic, Morristown, and Plainfield, to call for statewide legislative action to extend coverage to all New Jersey workers; Each of these municipalities have earned sick day policies in place.
“By implementing statewide earned sick day legislation, New Jersey will protect the public health while ensuring that no one who works in the state will ever have to choose between their family’s health and their livelihood.” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “This is the right thing to do for the New Jersey’s working families, and the smart thing to do for our communities.”
In 2013, Jersey City became the first municipality to mandate earned sick days for all workers. Since then, 12 other municipalities in the state have passed ordinances to guarantee paid sick days. Upon the passage of a statewide bill, New Jersey will join 9 other states and Washington D.C. in guaranteeing a worker’s right to earned sick days that can be used to care for themselves or their family in the event of an illness.
"When we get sick, we need paid time off. It's a matter of respecting our health. It can't come down to a decision between getting paid or getting better. And it can't be just us who live in cities with ordinances to be covered. We need a statewide bill to make sure we're all covered!" said Olga Morales, organizer at New Labor.
"Ensuring that all workers in New Jersey have access to earned sick days is a common sense policy to guarantee working families have options when a breadwinner needs time to recover from an illness or injury; allowing workers time off to recover while sick also protects the rest of us by keeping germs out of the workplace," said Dan Fatton, executive director for New Jersey Work Environment Council.