Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
Goal: Keep paid sick leave mandatory in Florida
Recently, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed a bill that prevents state governments from implementing mandatory sick leave policies for business. The bill attempts to create uniformity between municipal governments and create a standard for counties within Florida. Yet it does not address a fundamental issue in a world of declining worker’s rights: what is a regular employee going to do when they are sick and cannot afford to take unpaid time off?
A member of Florida Watch Action stated, “The fact that Rick Scott signed this anti-middle class, anti-family bill into law, then jumped on a plane to France, proves that the governor of Florida does not care about working middle class families and he knows how unpopular and damaging this bill is,” highlighting the corporate influence behind Rick Scott’s governing.
The bill is particularly harmful for people of color and women, as racial minorities often hold minimum wage jobs that barely cover the cost of living. Women are often held responsible when family members and children are sick and regularly take time off to care for them. This bill would prevent either population’s ability to meet their and their family’s basic health needs. A recent poll by Public Policy Polling showed that 80% of Florida residents were in favor of paid sick leave.
This bill is an assault on worker’s rights throughout the state, and cannot be allowed to pass. Sign this petition to urge Rick Scott to veto the bill and allow mandatory paid sick leave to remain active in Florida.
Dear Rick Scott,
Recently, you signed a bill that prevented state municipalities from mandating paid sick leave. Supporters of the bill claim that it would unify the employer-employee relationship within the state, creating a standard system throughout Florida. Yet you fail to address the impact that this will have on the middle class and lower class workers, and the implications this bill holds in preventing paid sick leave.
Public Policy Polling recently showed that 80% of Florida citizens were in favor of paid sick leave. This bill only shows your support for businesses, not for the general citizen. This bill is a horrific example of your administration’s opposition to worker’s rights, and I urge you to veto the bill rather than allow it to pass into fruition. This bill will only harm the population, preventing them from taking necessary time off to care for themselves and their families.
[Your Name Here]
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