Moments ago, the state Senate in Connecticut passed the state’s paid sick days bill, putting an exciting conclusion to debate in the chamber. Connecticut is now poised to become the first state in the nation to establish a paid sick days standard.
This vote brings the promise of earned paid sick days one step closer to reality for hundreds of thousands of workers in Connecticut who currently have no paid sick time, and its passage is a testament to the hard work of the Connecticut Working Families Organization, the Everybody Benefits coalition, and workers, researchers, and advocates throughout Connecticut and the country who are fighting for paid sick days standards. Today’s Senate vote is a sign of great momentum and progress.
Next, the bill is headed to the state House, and if all goes well there, Governor Malloy — a vocal supporter of paid sick days — will sign the bill into law. Today’s vote shows that Connecticut legislators recognize the impact a lack of paid sick days is having on the state’s working families, and that they are ready to do something about it.
Over the next few days, workers and advocates in Connecticut will be working to ensure that this bill makes it over the finish line. To find out how you can get involved, visit everybodybenefits.org.