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The case for paid sick days: A letter to Noni

The following video story is from Abigail Echo-Hawk, mother of Noni.

Several months ago, Abigail’s young son Noni son was involved in a hit-and-run bicycle accident, and was seriously injured. Abigail had difficulty taking time off work to care for him:

“All I wanted to do was focus on you. Instead I began a maze of who was going to pay the hospital bills, and how long we could afford for me to stay home with you. If I can’t come into work because you’re sick or hurt, my job doesn’t pay me.”

When workers or their children get sick or are injured in an accident, they shouldn’t have to choose between work and family — a choice thousands of mothers just like Abigail have to make every year.

To learn more about paid sick days for Seattle, go to the Seattle Healthy Workforce website and pledge your support for paid sick days for all workers in Seattle.

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