The Wrong Choice: 43 percent of all Illinois workers and a shocking 80 percent of low-wage workers do not receive a single paid sick day. Imagine choosing between going to work sick, knowing you’ll make others sick, and risking your paycheck or even your job.
Do you want your restaurant server to come to work sick? Your healthcare or childcare provider? Of course not!
It’s good for workers and the economy! Surprised to know that employers who DO provide paid sick days to their staff actually SAVE money? In Illinois, employers would save an estimated $272 million annually in reduced turnover, increased productivity and employee contagion health costs.
Women Employed is leading a coalition of over 70 organizations representing public health, labor, senior and youth, women, economic advocacy, faith-based, and maternal and children’s advocacy, to pass legislation that will guarantee a minimum amount of paid sick time for ALL Illinois workers.
The Illinois Paid Leave Coalition is a member of Family Values@Work, a multi-state consortium of 17 state and local coalitions helping spur the growing movement for family-friendly workplace policies such as paid sick days and family leave insurance.
For more information on Women Employed’s paid sick days campaign or the Illinois Paid Leave Coalition, contact Melissa Josephs at mjosephs[at]womenemployed[dot]org or 312-782-3902 x234.
Join the 78 percent of Illinois voters who support providing paid sick days!
- Allows employees to earn up to 7 paid sick days per year, accrued hourly for every 30 hours worked.
- Provides leave for an employee's own illness, to care for the illness of an employee's family member, or for medical appointments.
Tell us about a time when paid sick days made all the difference or when you needed them and didn’t have them. If you are an employer who offers paid sick days, tell us why. Speak Out »