By Angelo Love.
My name is Angelo Love. I am a leader on the Organizing a New Economy Team at TakeAction MN working to ensure that every worker in Minnesota earns paid sick and safe time.
I believe this is a critical issue for our community – working families in Minneapolis and our state – because workers who don’t have any paid sick leave are forced to work sick. This can lead to their conditions worsening, and they can unintentionally get other workers sick, workers who also may not have earned sick time, and the cycle repeats itself. Workers should be able to take time off to get better and to care for their loved ones if they’re sick. I have paid sick leave, but I’ve also had times when I haven’t gathered enough hours to take time off. I know what it’s like to get up for work when you don’t feel well and to feel like the only option you have is to go in. And I know I’m not alone. That reality, is just not right.
It’s why I’m part of the local workers movement – composed of mothers, community leaders, students, fathers, and organizations like TakeAction – who are fighting to get earned sick & safe time passed at the municipal level and then the state level. I’d like to invite you to be part of this movement. I hope you’ll join me at the Minneapolis Workers Take Action event happening on Saturday, September 26th from 11:00 AM-2:00PM to learn what we all can do to ensure earned sick and safe time passes in Minneapolis. I’ll be leading a training on what we are up against and what you can do. Register here. ”