Expanding workers' rights AND TAKING CARE OF OUR FAMILIES
fighting corporate and wall street greed
Right now, nearly half of all Michigan workers cannot take time off if they or their family members get sick. Here's a radical idea: when we get sick, we should be able to go see a doctor and get better. It's unacceptable that so many Michiganders have to choose between our health and our livelihood. For every 30 hours we work, we should accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave with a cap of 40 paid hours for workers at a small business and 72 paid hours for workers at a big business.
Michigan also has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. One reason for this? Neither Michigan nor the U.S. offer paid parental leave for new mothers and fathers, leaving Michiganders with little to no options to raise a newborn while affording their rent. We are the only industrialized country in the world where mothers don't receive paid maternity leave. Here's another radical idea: when we have a newborn, we should be able to take care of them without worrying how to put food on the table. It's time we joined the industrialized world and took proper care of our families.