TRENTON - Advocates for paid sick days for New Jersey's workers gathered in Trenton Monday to discuss the next steps to make proposed bills a reality.
Supporters are encouraged by last year's minimum wage increase and are launching a campaign to support bills in the state Senate and Assembly that would require employers to offer earned paid sick time.
The lawmakers who sponsor the bills call it a "matter of fairness."
"Every day they get up and have to make a decision on whether they can afford to lose a day's pay, which goes to pay their food bill and a pair of shoes for their kids or their mortgage payment," says Sen. Loretta Weinberg.
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The earned sick leave bills have not come up for a hearing in either the Assembly or the Senate.