Dan Malloy, former mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, and staunch supporter of paid sick days, was elected governor of Connecticut earlier this month — demonstrating the importance of paid sick days to working families in Connecticut, and the power the issue can have in an election. Governor-elect Malloy has argued that paid sick days are a basic right “that should be afforded to any working person,” including hourly employees. He made paid sick days a key issue in the Democratic primary and emphasized the issue again at the end of his general election campaign (read more of Malloy’s statements on the importance of paid sick days here).
Malloy’s governorship, along with the history of paid sick days legislation in the state legislature, positions Connecticut to be the first state in the nation to pass a paid sick days law — paving the way for other states throughout the country. Each house of Connecticut’s General Assembly has demonstrated support for paid sick days by passing paid sick days legislation in previous sessions. Connecticut advocates have been calling for a statewide standard that would allow workers to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked. Governor-elect Malloy’s victory and unwavering support for paid sick time make these standards — and a brighter future for workers in Connecticut — closer than ever to becoming reality.
To learn more about Connecticut’s paid sick days campaign and get involved, visit http://everybodybenefits.org/.
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