Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) - A new campaign over the issue of paid employee sick days haskicked off in Connecticut. It is estimated that 600,000 Connecticutresidents work at jobs that do not give sick pay.
How would you feel if you found out the person making your lunchtoday had a bad case of the H1N1 influenza? Or, how would you feelif you found out your child's school bus driver came to work with abad case of the flu?
Wednesday, Wanda Cobbs came to the State Capitol to testifythat she had to because her school bus company does not pay her forsick days.
"Nobody should have to go to work sick and nobody should have tochose between their kids, their job, and the people they serve,"said Cobbs.
It was part of the effort to pass a bill requiring allbusinesses with 50 or more employees to provide pay for sickdays.
"These are people who serve us in restaurants, who take care ofour children in day care centers, who take care of the elderly innursing homes, who work in retail outlets and who drive the trucksthat deliver the goods to those outlets," said Emergency PhysicianDr. Phillip Brewer.
Governor Rell opposes the bill as anti-business echoing theopinion of the state's largest business organization.
"In most cases it's going to cost the employer more money whenwe're in the worst recession we've been in; the timing is so faroff on this," said Joe Brennan of Connecticut Business &Industry Assoc.
Republican leaders call it a Democrat-sponsored job killer.
"Anything short of an unequivocal statement that this bill isdead on arrival shows that they really don't mean what they've beensaying about jobs all along," said Sen. John McKinney [R] MinorityLeader.
But among the Democrats pushing the bill is a prominentRepublican State Senator.
"This is a fair proposal; it's been out here in this buildingfor four years now. It's not going to drive business away and it isan appropriate measure to make sure Connecticut takes appropriatesteps in protecting the public's health," said Sen. John Kissel [R]of Enfield.
"No one I know can afford to miss pay, never mind risk gettingfired," Cobbs said.
This proposal passed the House last year and was one vote shortin the Senate so it never came up for a vote.
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