Over 1.5 million workers in New York City do not get a single paid sick day to care for themselves or a sick child. Many workers are forced to go to work sick because they risk losing their jobs.
But momentum is growing on a bill to provide a means for workers in New York to earn paid sick days during the year to care for themselves, a sick child, or a parent.
On Wednesday, January 18, CIR physicians rallied along with other healthcare providers, labor unions, and advocates on the steps of City Hall in support of a bill that would require businesses to give their employees paid sick days off.
NYC Council Members need to hear from you! As a physician, you can vouch for the public health benefits of enabling workers to take time off when they or a family member are ill — and you can do so with authority from your own experiences in the hospitals and clinics of New York. As a physician, you can share your own frustrations at seeing your patients delay needed care because of concerns over cost. And as a physician, you can help tell the decision makers in the City Council that the public health concerns of this bill make it an open-and-shut case.
Please take two minutes to share the story of one of your patients using our online form.