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President Obama comes to Baltimore in support of paid sick days

Maryland coalition members share lunch, stories of sick leave

Surprising Baltimore residents and lunchtime café goers, President Barack Obama stopped in Charmington’s in North Baltimore recently to have lunch and talk about his support for paid leave initiatives, including the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days.

 President Obama with Charmington's staff

Amanda Rothschild, an owner at the café, was among those afforded the opportunity to meet the president. Charmington’s owners make sure their employees don’t have to choose between their health and their job by offering paid sick days and other important benefits. Amanda is among a number of business owners who support the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, a proposal that would bring access to paid sick days to thousands of people in our state.


The Job Opportunities Task Force is one of the founding members of Working Matters, a coalition of more than 100 organizations from across the state working to advance the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days

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Low-wage workers are twice as likely as high-wage workers to find themselves unemployed, but only one-third as likely to collect unemplolyment insurance benefits. 
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