To mark the introduction of Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act, JOTF gathered with lawmakers and Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days supporters in Annapolis.
More than 70 supporters came out in January to demonstrate the strong support for the new legislation. The 30-minute event featured comments from lawmakers, JOTF staff members, educators, business owners and most importantly, workers living without access to Paid Sick Days.
Matt Burchell, a restaurant worker in Anne Arundel County, explained that missing work can mean significant financial setbacks.
“If I had missed a Friday of work, that’s my car payment,” he said. “If I had missed a Saturday, that’s my utility bill. If I had to miss an entire week, that’s my mortgage that I’m going to have to make up somewhere else.”
Following the event, bill sponsors Senator Robert Garagiola (D-Montgomery) and Delegate John Olszewski Jr. (D-Baltimore County) filed the bills in both chambers.