Right now, nearly 40% of private-sector workers, and 81% of those in the lowest wage jobs, do not have the ability to earn paid sick time. In fact, nearly one quarter of adults in the US have lost a job or been threatened with job loss for taking time off when sick. It should come as no surprise that in a recent Orlando Sentinel survey, a whopping 88% of respondents said they supported businesses providing paid sick time.
Orange County is poised to become the first county in Florida to provide Earned Sick Time for employees. The deadline to gather enough signatures in order to make November’s ballot is coming fast. After losing critical signature gathering time because of Tropical Storm Debby, we’ve reached an ‘all hands on deck’ moment for Orange County’s Earned Sick Time campaign. You could make the difference!
Workers in today’s economy need an Earned Sick Time law more than ever. The Orange County Earned Sick Time Initiative will provide a critical health and economic security net to workers who are struggling to stay employed and provide for their families.
We are racing against the clock to gather the petition signatures necessary to make the November ballot – can you pitch in?
Please go to EarnedSickTime.com, print out the petition and mail it in today!
Thank you in advance for helping make Earned Sick Time available for Orange County’s workers!