Michigan group launches petition to force businesses to provide paid sick leave

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/19/17) - A Michigan group has launched its petition drive to force businesses to provide paid sick leave.

The goal is to get the measure on the ballot next year.

The Board of State Canvassers approved the petition last month, but MI-Time to Care held rallies across the state today, including Flint.

Under the proposal, employees would accrue one hour of paid sick time for each 30 hours they work.

Business groups like the Michigan Chamber of Commerce oppose the effort, warning additional mandated benefits could force employers to cut costs or consider layoffs.

Those who support the petition say everyone can get sick, but not everyone can afford to get well.

"So you have a restaurant worker who can not afford to take a day off, has to come into work. And they're handling your meals, or washing your dishes. Then that passes on to whoever they serve." said Tomicka Robinson, Mothering Justice.

MI-Time to Care will need to collect more than 250-thousand signatures in 180 days to put the proposal on the 2018 ballot.

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