I can’t afford to get sick.

I work two jobs to support my beautiful baby son Jaden — which means I’m working every day. Neither job pays me enough to live on, so I have to work every chance I can get, whether it’s at the Philadelphia airport or a Popeye’s restaurant on Broad Street.

I need a raise, like all of Pennsylvania’s low wage workers, but sometimes I also need a day to care for my family.  Because neither of my jobs offer paid sick leave, I can’t just take a day off when I need to take care of myself or my son. After vetoing paid sick days last year, Mayor Nutter created a task force to study the issue. We need to make sure he hears from you and me how important paid sick leave is to workers who just want to care for their families.

Click here to tell the mayor’s special task force why Philadelphia needs paid sick leave.

I can’t care for my baby when he is sick, which is not fair to him. I can’t take care of myself when I’m sick, which is not healthy for me, or for my customers. I work in the food industry — no one wants me coming to work when I’m not feeling well.

But I don’t have that choice. Whether you are a worker who needs paid sick leave too, or just someone who doesn’t want to worry about being served food by a person with an illness, I hope you will join me in signing this petition to allow me the ability to care for my family.

At the airport, my job is to push people’s wheelchairs, people who need extra assistance. I have seen all kinds of misfortune, I know that bad health can happen to any one of us. We should all have the same rights when it comes to a day off. I will make sure that the Task Force gets your message, and doesn’t just hear from stingy business owners. 
Please sign my petition for paid sick leave.

Take care and be well,
Shymara Jones, Philadelphia

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