Congrats on passing Earned Sick time!! We did it!..YES – 1,252,197 (59%); …………………….NO – 856,280 (41%); 8 years of perseverance and hard work has provided a million workers in Massachusetts the right to earned sick time!! We made a difference for hundreds of thousands of low and middle income workers and their families! We’ve hung in there through thick and thin. Hearings, Forums, Phonebanking, Lobbying, Signature Gathering, Canvassing. What haven’t we done to get this passed.
In the past year alone our JALSA members:
Collected over 9,000 signatures to qualify this for the ballot!
Spread awareness by encouraging rabbis to talk about earned sick time in their Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur sermons.Participated in 50 phone banking and canvassing shifts to turn out voters!
Encouraged the cooperative efforts of members of 15 synagogues, three local Jewish organizations, and a national Jewish synagogue movement.
You kicked butt out there, and in return we can celebrate the passage of the most progressive sick day coverage in the country! Unbelievable work.As our tradition says, “From Strength to Strength!” Thank you Jewish Labor Committee (rally turn-out extraordinaire), JCRC of Greater Boston (social media mavins), Temple Israel of Boston (petition signature endurance winners), Temple Beth Zion (phone bank specialists), Tzedek Reflection (synagogue collaboration), the Religious Action Center (the RAC) of URJ (Thunderclap), Moishe Kavod House (mobilization trainings), MCAN (interfaith outreach), and every person and institution working in the Jewish community with our great colleagues and friends from over 100 grassroots organizations– labor, community, interfaith– across the state. Thank you JALSA coordinator Barbara Gutman for an 8 year commitment, and the whole RaiseUp strategy/steering committee for superb skills, planning, and persistence. Honored to be working with you, The Staff of JALSA