Joe Spring, graduate student of occupational therapy and member of Health Equity Circle, talks about what happens when the healthcare worker charged with caring for patients does not have paid sick leave. “While working in a rehabilitation facility I witnessed many coworkers coming to work sick and “sucking it up”. John Wayne would be proud of them however he never worked in public health nor was he responsible for caring for your grandmother or children ... When healthcare workers are the possible vectors of the very illnesses we seek to prevent, this is wrong."
Gloria Bercier, homecare worker and member of SEIU Local 775, talks about what happened to her when she fractured her foot and had no sick pay. “I had no choice but to return to work with an injured foot. Ironically, this actually caused inadequate healing of my foot...I just think that people that work really hard like I do shouldn’t have to utilize or even think about using government assistance programs.”
Susie Young, semi-retired homecare worker and member of SEIU Local 775, talks about how times have changed and the hardships that today’s families and homecare workers face. “My friends never complain about the sacrifices they make. But a few hours of lost wages could mean gas in the car, or a small bill or even food on the table – or even ice cream cones for your grandchildren.... The homecare workers that I know are so compassionate about the job they do. All day long they care for other people. But there are times when people just need a little helping hand – like paid sick time.”