August 23, 2014 FRAMINGHAM – An additional one million workers in the state will be eligible for paid sick time if a ballot measure passes in November, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-5th, told a group of volunteers on Saturday.
With campaign season under way, a grassroots group called Raise Up Massachusetts has been spreading the word and knocking on doors across the state, telling people about the ballot question and encouraging them to vote “yes.”
If passed, Question 4 will give every employee the chance to earn and use 40 hours of paid sick time per year. Workers will earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours of work.
Clark attended a training session at Framingham Public Library led by Raise Up to show her support.
“This is an issue where I think the voting public is ahead of their elected representatives,” said Clark.
A handful of locals interested in campaigning for Question 4 came to the event.
“It impacts health care. People shouldn’t be worried about their job because they get sick,” said Dhruba Sen of Framingham.
For Clark, access to paid sick leave is a public health issue.
The congresswoman recalled a stop on a recent bus tour where a woman talked about seeing mothers sending their sick children to school because she couldn’t get a day off of work to take care of them.
“We can do better in this country,” she said.
More information about the ballot question is available on the Secretary of the Massachusetts Commonwealth website under “election information.” To get learn more about the Rise Up campaign, go to yeson4ma.org.
Anamika Roy can be reached at 508-626-3957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @anamikaroy.