We need YOU: Call Assembly Budget Committee so COVID Paid Sick Leave is included

Dear Union Brothers & Sisters,

Tomorrow, January 26 at 3:00 pm the Assembly Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the Governor’s Proposed 2022 Budget. While COVID paid sick leave is not a specific agenda item, it is important that we let the legislature know that we need Paid Sick Days now!

Our ask is for you to take a few minutes to call in during the public comment section of the hearing and (briefly) urge legislators to include COVID paid sick leave.

Here is a sample script:

“My name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a member of [YOUR UNION]. I am calling in strong support of supplemental paid sick leave. No worker should have to choose between going to work sick with COVID and putting food on the table or paying rent. Paid sick leave protects workers and our communities. I urge you to pass COVID sick leave immediately to keep workers safe and slow the spread of this deadly disease.”

The Assembly hearing begins at 3:00pm (livestream available below) so we are asking you to dial in around 4:15pm. A moderated telephone line will be available to assist with public participation. You may provide comment by calling this toll-free number: 877-692-8957, access code: 131 54 202.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to UFCW5 union representatives should you have any questions or concerns. Hope to hear your voice tomorrow as we advocate for this important public health policy!