* Most everyone was caught by surprise when Gov. Pat Quinn said this during yesterday’s State of the State address…
43 percent of all workers in Illinois – more than 2.5 million people – have no right to a single earned sick day. Among our low-wage workers – the problem is even worse: 80 percent of low-wage workers don’t receive any earned sick days.
We need to do something about this. We should provide at least two earned sick days for every worker in Illinois.
We need to help our workers — especially our single parents — avoid that awful choice: dragging themselves from a sick bed to work, or losing a day’s pay or even their job.
More than 70 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
This, too, is about dignity and decency. Let’s get this job done for our working families.
But who is the “we” in the “we should provide at least two earned sick days” line? Is “we” the government? Is “we” the business owners? Is “we” some sort of combination?
What do you make of this?