“By forcing workers to have to make hard decisions on matters of life or death, financial ruin or stability, Hogan is channeling the spirit of Trump right here in Maryland,” said Jaime Contreras, Vice President of 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union. “Paid sick leave is common sense policy supported by an overwhelming majority of people on both sides of the aisle. On Election Day, working families will remember that Hogan put politics above their health and financial well-being.”
“People will go broke, get sicker and maybe even die on Governor Hogan’s watch,” said Paul Brown, a member of 32BJ SEIU and a security officer in downtown Baltimore. “I am lucky to be alive after having a heart attack that could’ve been prevented if I had paid sick leave. Both my brother and sisters died of cancer and I couldn’t afford time off to care for them. I call on the Maryland Legislature can do the right thing by overriding the Governor’s veto as soon as they come back in January.”
With over 163,000 members in 11 states, including 18,000 in the D.C. Metropolitan Area, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country. Over 9,000 of those 32BJ members work and reside in Maryland, including office cleaners and private security officers who maintain and protect commercial buildings and government agencies throughout the County.