Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sick-Leave Sense

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sick-Leave Sense

Article excerpt

At $9 an hour, working a full 40 hours a week, hourly earners like myself earn just $360 a week, before taxes. After rent and bills, I'm lucky to have $75 left for food, transportation and any other "incidentals."

If I get sick and take a day off, I lose $72 in pre-tax income. If I get sick and lose a day of work I have to choose between paying my electric bill and buying food. So I go to work sick unless I'm physically unable. Do I want to go to work sick and infect my co-workers and the general public? No.

Worse yet, when one of my children gets sick, I have had to send them to school sick because I couldn't afford to stay at home with them. They have had to go to school and suffer like their mom does at work, getting their teachers and classmates sick at the same time.

We need paid sick days in Pittsburgh. …

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