The Courant’s Englehart couldn’t have said it better today. And the media has said this issue has received the most calls, emails and letters of any issue ever. That’s hard to document, but clearly your actions have contributed to that – and it’s making a difference. Reports were that the House would debate paid sick leave on Friday…and then it was Monday…and this morning the media reported that the House would take it up today. Still nothing. This is because the vote is extremely close. We need you to help push it over the edge.
It’s all been said – what’s left to say? Urge leadership (Majority Leader Sharkey and Speaker Donovan) NOT to “call” SB 913. This is procedural – you’re asking them to let the bill die out of neglect, by not debating it at all, as in years past. Urge your Representative to ask their leaders not to “call the bill.”
What to do? Call your Representative. NOW. Leave messages with the switchboard. House Democrats are at 1-800-842-8267 (860-240-8500); and House Republicans (who generally oppose the bill) are at 1-800-842-1423 (860-240-8700).
Remember: the message is “Don’t call the bill” for leaders and “Ask your leadership not to call the bill” for the rest. You don’t need to contact any Senators – they’ve already passed the bill.
In spite of what you’ve read or heard, the bill will NOT strictly apply to service industries – it will apply to all companies (except certain manufacturers) with employees with the 60+ service-related job titles. They also added a retaliatory section that will apply to ALL employers, regardless of NAICS code or job title, prohibiting employers from punishing, reprimanding, releasing, etc. employees for abuse of sick leave.
Advocates are putting the full court press on right now. We need to fight fire with fire. Thanks in advance for your help once again.
You’ve taken action before, so you know who your representative is – but just in case, you can check here (scroll to find your town, or ctrl F and type your town’s name). If you have a question, please call Lisa McGuire, 860-244-1109.