With almost 90% of restaurant workers not receiving paid sick days from their employers and nearly two thirds working while sick, it is no surprise that employees at eating and drinking establishments are leading the way to pass paid sick days legislation in Congress. What is now clear is that there is widespread support from the American public for paid sick days. The Public Welfare Foundation recently conducted a poll that found that 75 percent of respondents favor a law that guarantees paid sick days for all workers, and most support pro-rated paid sick days for part-time workers.
To restaurant workers who are used to going to work sick, like ROC-Chicago member Felipe, this is great news. “It means we are a majority, it means that Congress can’t continue to ignore our plight and do what is right for all of us”. See a video of Felipe’s story here.