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BC needs paid sick leave.

What do workers do when they get sick? More often than not, they go to work. They know they should stay home — but they're facing impossible choices. They can't afford to lose pay. They worry their boss would punish them. They may even lose their job.

But working sick isn't working. It just makes sick workers sicker. And the COVID-19 pandemic showed us that making workers go to work when they're ill spreads contagious diseases, putting us all at risk. Working sick undermines our public health system and our economy.

We need to stop forcing workers to make choices that put their livelihood at risk.

BC can do better. And we have a plan.

Our plan covers every worker, whether you're full-time, part-time, temporary or casual.

  1. COVID-19 leave during the pandemic: If you get COVID-19, have to self-isolate or need to take care of a family member who has the virus, you get at least 10 days of paid sick leave. If you got COVID-19 at work, file a WCB claim!
  2. A permanent paid sick leave guarantee: You start with 3 days of paid sick leave a year. Then you build up additional time: one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours you work, up to 52 additional hours of leave. For a full-time worker, that's a total of 10 days of paid sick leave a year.
  3. Help for new and struggling employers: We know many employers need a hand during the pandemic getting this off the ground. So our plan calls for the governments of BC and Canada to work together and provide support for businesses that have lost income because of the pandemic. That support will cover up to 75% of sick leave costs while they get back on their feet. And there's support for new businesses, too.

One of the most important things we've learned in 2020 is we can't take public health for granted — and workplace health is public health. If we want workers to stay home when they're sick, it's time to stop punishing them for making the healthy choice.

Sign on now! Working sick isn't working!

BC workers need paid sick leave because working sick isn't working! Sign the open letter - and let's make sure workers have access to ten days of paid sick leave.
BC needs paid sick leave.
BC workers need paid sick leave because working sick isn't working! Sign the open letter - and let's make sure workers have access to ten days of paid sick leave.