ORLANDO – A recent poll commissioned by the Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (F.I.R.E.) polled 1,014 likely voters on issues around Earned Sick Days.
The poll found that of the 734 likely voters from the ages of 18-65, 47.6% did not have access to Earned Sick Days.
This is above the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 40% of all workers do not have access to Earned Sick Days.
The United States is the only developed country that does not require employers to provide workers with Earned Sick Days. But three states (California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts) and sixteen cities have passed Earned Sick Day legislation.
President Obama recently called for states to ensure workers have access to Earned Sick Days in his State of the Union address. Here in Central Florida, voters are calling on elected leaders to do the same.
The Board of County Commissioners, the Mayor, and state leaders are ignoring the will of the people in Orange County. 70,000 people signed the Earned Sick Days petition in 2012 to get it on the ballot and voters overwhelmingly passed it by 64% in August 2014.
“It’s time we tell politicians to pick a side: side with women and support Earned Sick Days or side with the corporate interests that fight family-friendly policies at every turn,” said Stephanie Porta, executive director of F.I.R.E.
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