AFSCME’s Vermont Homecare United supports Earned Paid Sick Leave Bill

The Vermont House of Representatives held a public hearing last night to hear comments and testimony about H. 208, the Earned Sick Days Bill and homecare workers Mary Montgomery (Washington, VT) and Amanda Sheppard (Middlebury, VT) spoke in support of the bill.

H.208 would afford everyone working in Vermont paid leave. Employees would earn one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to seven sick days per year. The bill also allows an employee to take care of a sick loved one and obtain diagnostic, routine, preventative or therapeutic health care.

Mary Montgomery from Washington told the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs that a law requiring some paid sick leave is just one way that Vermonters can ensure basic dignity for all working people.  She is working to ensure dignity at work for homecare workers by fighting for the right to organize a union with AFSCME’s Vermont Homecare United.

Amanda Sheppard from Middlebury tells the committee of her experience with jobs that had no paid sick leave.  When she had jobs with paid sick leave, she and her family recovered faster and with little upset to family life. But without paid sick days, her son hesitates to say he is sick because it means added family stress, and she goes to work when she isn’t feeling well.

AFSCME is working with Vermont caregivers to ensure that homecare services are adequately funded and that personal care attendants are paid for the hours they work. Follow us Facebook Twiter RSS