Local Women March for Paid Sick Leave

In Pittsburgh, there are at least 50,000 workers who do not have any paid sick days

Shelby Cassesse
March 08, 2018 - 9:19 am
Women march in Pittsburgh for paid sick leave.

Photo By: Shelby Cassesse

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - As part of International Women's Day, the Pittsburgh International Women's Strike held a downtown rally in support of the Paid Sick Days ordinance.

The law would require companies in the City of Pittsburgh to give workers an hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours they work.

Brittany Green is with the Women's Law Project.

"Here in Pittsburgh there are at least 50,000 workers who do not have any paid sick days, 43% of women in the private sector are not permitted to take a sick day." said Green. 

Lower courts have found the city does not have the authority to impose paid sick day regulations on businesses. Supporters are appealing to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Camille Goleb was at the rally.

"I want the Supreme Court to protect all Pittsburghers, all Pennsylvanians, all women, all people," she said. "It really seems common sense to us, and it seems like a step forward into the future that we want."