Today Newark passed a law that will allow every single worker in the city to earn paid sick days, just three months after Jersey City passed something similar. Now workers in New Jersey’s two largest cities will no longer have to worry about getting fired or missing a paycheck when they catch the flu.
It’s a huge win, and it’s the result of months of tireless work by Working Families activists and our partners and allies. Whether it was collecting and delivering 10,000 postcards from Newark voters in support of earned sick days, flooding council members’ phone lines with calls or firing back against scaremongering business lobbyists, we’ve been on the frontlines of this fight in New Jersey.
Here’s a great article in Slate on why this victory matters: