Target: Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio
Goal: Thank Mayor de Blasio for providing security to workers who need to care for sick loved ones
New York City is now the largest city in the U.S. to provide paid sick leave to workers. Applying to companies with five or more workers, the law improves on last year’s bill, and is estimated to protect up to 360,000 more people than the existing law did. With the passing of the bill, Mayor de Blasio has made a swift delivery on his campaign promise, and has renewed the city’s focus on caring for working families and the poor. Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s efforts, 1.2 million workers will have paid sick leave for the first time.
In a time when the most rapidly growing sectors of the economy are responsible for more low-wage jobs, mandatory paid sick leave takes on special importance. The law offers major relief to workers having to choose between losing a day’s pay and caring for a sick loved one. While many employers have expressed concern about the expense the new law places on them, they are beginning to see the change as something every worker deserves.
In an effort to spread the word, New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs has launched an ad campaign to raise awareness about the new law. This follow-up action does the crucial job of ensuring citizens know their rights and empowering these individuals to defend them.
Please sign the petition below, and applaud Mayor de Blasio for looking out for the rights of his citizens and demonstrating how such progressive laws can lead to greater equity.
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
I am writing to thank you for expanding the benefit of paid sick leave in New York City. Not only have you delivered swiftly on your campaign promise, but you have also protected up to 360,000 more people the existing law excluded. With this timely move, you are renewing the city’s focus on working families and the indigent. Thanks to your efforts, 1.2 million workers will have paid sick leave for the first time.
Moreover, your leadership is fostering greater empathy toward workers even among employers concerned over the new law’s expense. You are offering workers major relief, while your campaign to build awareness of the law is empowering them to know their rights. It is my sincere hope that other municipalities may follow your example and extend to their citizens the benefits they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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