In an effort to enrich the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days, JOTF, along with other members of the Working Matters coalition, hosted a Carrotmob in January at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville.
JOTF supports creating a Maryland-wide standard by which workers would earn paid sick leave based on the number of hours they work. More than 700,000 workers in our state have no access to paid sick leave and often come to work ill or risk losing income to stay home and recover or care for family members.
Carrotmobbing is a way to use our consumer dollars and buying power to reward businesses that have socially responsible practices. As patrons of companies with good business practices, we can encourage our peers and lawmakers to see the importance of valuing workers and their families.
Working Matters hosted our carrotmob at Busboys and Poets because owner Andy Shallal makes sure his staff members have the opportunity to take a paid day off when they or a loved one are sick. This means Busboys and Poets employees can get well sooner, bring fewer germs to the workplace and are more likely to stay in their jobs.
The event, designed to kick of the legislative session, featured remarks from lawmakers, advocates and Mr. Shallal, who explained that offering paid sick days to his employees is the right thing to do and makes up less than 1 percent of his payroll costs.