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When illness strikes, many workers are faced with a devastating decision: go to work sick or lose pay that keeps food on the table or the lights on in the house. That’s because California law doesn’t require employers to allow workers to earn paid time off to recover from an illness or take care of a sick family member. In California, four in ten workers have no paid sick time – leaving about 5 million Californians with no good option when personal or family needs arise.
The problem is even worse among low-wage and service-sector workers – among whom 78% can earn no sick leave. And working moms are hit the hardest. Imagine not being able to care for a sick child or yourself because your boss doesn’t offer any paid sick leave. That’s an unfortunate reality for far too many Californians because even a days’ wage is often too much to lose. That means that three out of every four workers serving you food, caring for your children, or even providing healthcare is forced to show up for work sick.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Cities and states across the country have passed Paid Sick Leave laws, and the results speak for themselves. In San Francisco, which passed a Paid Sick Leave law in 2007, job growth was unaffected and of the vast majority of employers reported no impact on productivity. Under new legislation in California, Assembly Bill 1522, employees would earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked – with an option for employers to cap accrued sick time at 3 days per year. That’s common-sense, family-supporting legislation that’s long overdue.
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Bay Area Events:
1700 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109
15555 East 14th Street #200, San Leandro, CA 94578
500 East Hamilton Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008
Dear Local 3 Members and Affiliates,
Due to the construction in our office, a problem has arisen with our voicemail system. Our office is still sealed for asbestos treatment and the issue cannot be easily fixed. Local 3 apologizes for this inconvenience.
Please contact your union representatives via email until our office re-opens.
Thank you for your patience.
Please be advised that OPEIU Local 3’s office is effected by a construction project to expand the Dolores Street Community Services homeless shelter that shares our site. The Local 3 office will be closed at the end of business on Thursday, December 19, 2013 and will re-open on Monday, January 6, 2014. We must vacate our office to comply with the shelter related asbestos abatement mandate. We will have no office access during this time, but are preparing to continue union business while our physical office is closed.
We have worked with Dolores Street Community Services to schedule the project during a time that we hope has the least impact on our members. Since the office closure includes several holidays, please pay careful attention to out of office messages for the specific Union Representative you work with.
We will have access to our landline voicemail and regular mail however, email will be the best mode of contact for our staff:
Natalie Naylor- Secretary-Treasurer/Business Manager: Natalie@opeiu3.org
Jane Bosio- Union Representative: Jane@opeiu3.org
Jocelyn Olick- Union Representative: Jocelyn@opeiu3.org
Thank you for your patience as we comply with this facility-related closure.