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Sometimes we all need time to get well or to care for a sick child. But when many Mainers get sick, they can’t afford to take a day off because they can’t earn even one paid sick day. Nearly 40% of all workers in America lack access to paid sick days. When you look at low-wage workers, the numbers are even worse: more than 80% of low-wage workers can't earn a single paid sick day. These workers are disproportionately women, and they are often employed in fields that come into frequent contact with the general public—such as child and elder care, food service, and retail.
This is the reality faced by more than 180,000 Maine workers. That’s why we need Senators Collins and King to sign on as sponsors of the Healthy Families Act (HFA, S.497).