My name is Amanda Rothschild and I’m the manager of Charmington’s, a café in Baltimore City. That’s me to the lower right of President Barack Obama in this picture.
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The president visited my restaurant because our workers get paid sick days, even though Maryland law does not require employers to offer them. Because our employees have paid sick time off, they can take the time they need to get well or take care of their families. They don’t come to work sick, spreading germs to their co-workers or our patrons.
This year we have the chance to pass the Healthy Working Families Act in the Maryland General Assembly and give more than 700,000 Maryland workers paid sick days. Sign our petition and tell Maryland legislators that you think workers should be able to earn paid sick leave.
When the president dropped by yesterday for a sandwich, we talked about our paid sick days policy. I shared with the president that having paid sick days makes our employees healthier and reduces our staff turnover, saving the business time and money. He told me about his work to pass paid sick days legislation in the U.S. Congress and that he is encouraging every state to give workers earned leave.
Thanks for your activism and visit us at Charmington’s soon!