More than 1 million city workers presently do not get paid sick time. A measure to fix that [supported by Make the Road NY] has stalled in the Council.
Paid sick days would actually save the city $28 million annually in a reduction in emergency room visits, according to a report issued by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The study suggests many employees without sick days work through their illnesses until they worsen or visit ERs at night after work hours.
"Workers without paid sick days are less likely to get the kind of preventive medical care that keeps people healthier and lowers costs, and more likely to end up in emergency rooms, getting the most costly kind of care," IWPR's Barbara Gault said.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.