More than two dozen people gathered on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday to tell the people of NYC, the Mayor and City Council that all City workers should have paid sick days.
More than two dozen people gathered on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday to tell the people of NYC, the Mayor and City Council that all City workers should have paid sick days. The rally, attended by activists, clergy, community leaders and low wage workers, was organized a month after Felix Trinidad who worked at Golden Farm Supermarket in Kensington died from stomach cancer. Because the Supermarket does not offer paid sick days to their employees, Felix was forced to work during chemotherapy because he could not afford to take a day off of work.
“There are over 1 million people who lack paid sick days,” said Bishop Findlater, President of CUSH. “They are all around us – part of us. Most of these low wage workers are women, women of color and immigrants. We live in the richest nation in the world and it is unthinkable that they are working without paid sick days.” All who spoke at the conference advocated for City Council to pass a bill that would grant paid sick days to all NYC workers.
Reverend Que English from Bronx Christian Fellowship Church said, “The message that we are sending to the people of New York City by not passing this bill is that we simply do not care.” She went on to say that the absence of a bill that puts an end to death is an act of violence.