HOFFA: Mich. GOP Legislators Trying To Ban Paid Sick Leave

DETROIT —Right Wing GOP Michigan state legislators are trying to ban paid sick leave in the state through a backdoor method – telling cities and counties they can’t pass ordinances ordering it.

In an op-ed in the Detroit News, Hoffa, a Michigander, adds that “It’s enough to make you sick.”

The proposed state law, he said, would bar the cities and counties from enacting any paid or unpaid sick leave ordinance beyond what federal law now requires. Federal law now lets full-time workers take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. But some 40% of eligible workers earn too little to afford it.

In response, U.S. House Democrats introduced paid sick leave legislation – which is going nowhere – and several cities and states enacted their own paid sick leave laws. The business groups scheme to stop similar laws in Michigan, Hoffa says.

“Once again, the plan to dial back the clock on workers is a vast, coordinated assault engineered by the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to indenture workers to the almighty powerful corporations,” he explained.