An annual rite of Labor Day in the Granite State is the AFL-CIO labor breakfast. At this year’s event, speakers included Gov. Maggie Hassan, new AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett and presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders and Lincoln Chafee.
The event is a chance for labor leaders from around the state to gather and highlight what labor has achieved as well as what the work it still has to do. You can check out WMUR’s report from the event, which features SEA/SEIU Local President Rich Gulla and Director Kevin Myers, online here
President Obama Makes Push for Paid Sick Leave
Not too far south from the NH breakfast in Manchester, President Obama spoke to labor leaders in Boston. He announced he had signed an executive order to require federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees.
The change won’t affect many workers, just those employed by federal contractors, so it’s a largely symbolic move. Many workers don’t have paid sick leave, so when they get sick, they must decide between getting better or getting paid. Nearly 40 percent of Granite Staters don’t have paid sick leave, and our situation is one of the best in the nation.
Paid sick leave doesn’t just help workers, it helps employers too, by reducing turnover and cutting the incidence of workers spreading contagious illnesses, such as the flu, throughout the worksite. You can read more about paid sick leave at www.paidsickdays.org. Let’s hope that President Obama’s executive action is a step towards getting paid sick leave for all workers.