Nearly one in four private-sector workers, half of Latinx workers and 38 percent of Black workers don’t have access to paid sick leave, putting their jobs and livelihoods at risk whenever an illness strikes. The situation is even worse when it comes to paid family and medical leave with 4 in 5 American workers forced to choose between their income, bonding with a newborn, and the longterm health and well being of their families.
The lack of paid leave left us all particularly vulnerable, unable to slow the spread of COVID-19, and Americans have had enough. We want the same paid leave that high income earners and the rest of the world receive, and we want lessons learned from the pandemic.
That’s why The Fairness Project broke new ground in 2020, putting the first ever paid family and medical leave ballot measure before voters in Colorado, and it’s why we led the way in 2016 and 2018 with important paid sick leave wins in Washington, Arizona, Michigan, and San Antonio.