Tell These Corporations that Workers Need Sick Leave and Hazard Pay

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    Tell These Corporations that Workers Need Sick Leave and Hazard Pay

    Tell These Corporations that Workers Need Sick Leave and Hazard Pay!

    Most restaurants do not offer paid sick leave. In the wake of the coronavirus, 20 million people are expected to work even if they become ill, as they won’t get paid if they stay at home. That means workers who may be experiencing symptoms of the virus are not only still doing their job duties of prepping and serving food, but increasing the risk of exposure to coworkers or patrons.  Not being able to take days off when sick disproportionately impacts Black and low-income workers. And this largely affects Black women as they overwhelmingly make up the low wage workforce of cooking, cleaning, and caregiving, interfacing with hundreds of people a day, without the ability to take time off if they have fallen sick. That’s why we’re calling on Congress to adopt stronger protections for Black workers that include paid sick leave.

    Corporations like McDonald's, Burger King, Chick Fil A and others not only do not offer their workers necessary COVID-19 protections but actively lobby against them. These restaurants are putting profits ahead of public health by not ensuring their workers can take time as needed, to tend to their health. A lack of paid sick leave endangers employees, customers, and the health of the broader public. Studies show paid sick leave for unwell employees not only reduces the spread of disease but also allows for them to fully recover. Furthermore, paid sick leave reduces economic angst as there is a sense of protection and security.

    Here is the Petition:

    Our message:

    Disparities in the lack of paid sick days disproportionately expose Black and other marginalized workers to an increased risk of illness.  Equally, Black workers continue to face disproportionately high job insecurity and not having paid sick leave exacerbates that. Paid sick leave isn’t just about not working when sick. Those with lower incomes are more likely to catch COVID-19 and miss work because of it. This means little to no take-home pay, resulting in economic hardship and rippling consequences of inequality on a larger scale. Adopting paid sick leave opens the door to financial and physical health. 

    Enacting paid sick leave is a first step to meeting the ongoing needs of workers. Black union workers throughout the country have been striking since last summer, as there are unending stories of workers living paycheck-to-paycheck or forced to work when not feeling well. Fast food corporations like McDonald’s, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-a and others should use the moment before us to ensure these benefits are standard and systematically support Black workers. These restaurant corporations can fully acknowledge Black lives and the lives of other employees with paid sick leave and other ongoing protections that are important for workers.  The urgency of this moment underscores the need for a stronger safety net. Fast food restaurants can do their part by committing to more - in this moment and beyond. We are calling for paid sick leave and hazard pay for all workers of these corporate establishments.