NJ Working Families executive director Analilia Mejia, who was one of 12 “Champions of Change” honored by President Barack Obama in Washington today, said she is likewise honored to be recognized for the work she and her coalition have done to advance issues like paid sick leave in the state.
“I am incredibly honored to see our coalition’s hard work recognized by President Obama,” Mejia said in a statement. “Last year, the President said that if Congress would not pass an earned sick days law, then state and local officials must. In New Jersey, we have proven that earned sick days work for families, businesses, and our economy, and now 150,000 workers will never have to fear that getting sick means getting fired. With President Obama’s support, New Jersey Working Families and its allies will keep up the fight to ensure that all New Jerseyans can take the time they need to care for themselves or their loved ones when illness strikes.”
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