Chicago Workers Prevail Over Powerful Industry Lobby and Win Earned Sick Days in Chicago
Arise Chicago and the earned sick time coalition won historic legislation for Chicago workers today
For the first time in Chicago’s history workers will have the right to paid sick days!
Arise worker members led the three-year campaign leading to this momentous victory.
Members like Kahphira reminded Chicago voters why paid sick days is an urgent necessity for families like hers who currently have to choose between family health and finances in an op-ed in Crain’s Business.
Members like Martina reminded aldermen that 82% of Chicago voters support the right to paid sick days so that workers like her would not have to leave a seriously ill spouse home alone.
With the ordinance providing right to earn 5 paid days annually, workers will improve their family health and financial stability.
Member Alex Jr. shared his story of being a working dad with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, on how with paid sick days, he won’t be afraid of losing his job when asking for a sick day for himself or his children.
Member Noemí, who made the front page cover of the Chicago Tribune won’t have to choose between a day’s pay or her child’s emergency.