The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation ensuring that all private-sector employees in the county can earn paid sick days. Bill 60-14 includes some of the strongest paid sick days protections in the country for even very small businesses. "This policy will improve the lives of working families in our county where more than 100,000 workers currently lack even one paid sick day," said Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal, who co-sponsored the legislation with Councilmember Nancy Navarro. "More parents will be free from making the heart wrenching choice between taking care of a sick child or losing a day of pay."
The measure was supported by a broad group of local labor, faith and community organizations including 32BJ SEIU, Advocates for Children and Youth, CASA, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jews United for Justice, Job Opportunities Task Force, LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, Maryland Working Families, the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, MomsRising, the Montgomery County Education Association, National Nurses United, Progressive Maryland, Public Justice Center, SEIU Local 500, UFWC Local 1994 MCGEO, and UFCW Local 400...click below to read more.