Union for Reform Judaism Pledges Support for Paid Sick Leave Legislation

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The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) resolved at its 2013 biennial convention last month to throw its denominational support and advocacy efforts behind paid sick leave legislation. The resolution also calls upon URJ congregations to support local paid sick leave campaigns and re-evaluate employment and contracting policies, making sure URJ congregations are an example of just employers in communities across the country.

Parents shouldn’t have to choose between their jobs and staying home to recover from illness or take care of a sick child. Working families shouldn’t have to lose pay when illness strikes. Sick leave is a practical workplace standard unavailable to 80% of low-wage workers. What seems like a commonsense practice that also promotes the common good in society is a luxury not afforded to more than 40 million workers.

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