BALTIMORE (WMAR) -
Today, the Working Matters coalition launched its Maryland campaign for paid sick days in an effort to bring attention to the need for access to earned sick days for Maryland workers.
The campaign is organized by the Job Opportunities Task Force, Public Justice Center and united Workers.
In Maryland, nearly 40% of private-sector workers cannot earn paid sick times from their employers. This means that more than 800,000 workers do not have the ability to take paid time when they or a family member gets sick.
"Certainly there are lots of employers who provide sick days, but unfortunately there are some that don't and that is why we need a standard here in Maryland ," said Jason Perkins-Cohen, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force. "No parent should have to choose between caring for a sick child and their job."
During Wednesday's forum, Maryland Delegate John Olszewski Jr., joined the group and talked about his interest in setting earned sick leave standards in Maryland.