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National paid sick leave would make a big difference

Right now, Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spurred a global health crisis. Care providers, legislators, and experts agree that an essential component of prevention is missing: national paid sick leave.

But it's not just about Coronavirus; paid sick leave:

  • has reduced flu rates where it's provided,
  • reduces costs of emergency health care services,
  • saves employers money by reducing turnover costs of replacing workers,
  • helps protect the paychecks and employment of survivors of domestic violence, and
  • helps family caregivers.

Despite the benefits of paid sick leave, American employees without paid sick leave must go to work to provide for their families – despite being ill, and possibly contagious. Today, stand with them and sign the petition and urge Congress to pass legislation to provide national paid sick leave.

We need national paid sick leave. Add your name!

Worried about how this affects your family? Every community is experiencing this differently, and you can find the most accurate information for your neighborhood below:

Clatsop

Columbia

Multnomah

Washington

Yamhill

For families concerned about school closures, you can find up-to-date information from the Oregon Department of Education.

More soon,
Suzanne

Posted on March 16, 2020 in COVID-19 updates.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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