Pro Question 4: Earned Sick Time Good for Employees & Business

Devin Armstrong

Devin Armstrong

Question 4 on the November 4, 2014 election ballot would grant earned sick time to all employees in the commonwealth.

Devin Armstrong, regional field director of Raise Up Massachusetts, speaks in favor of the issue in the interview below.

Devin Armstrong is a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University, with a degree in political science, public administration concentration.

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A two-time Washington Center alumni, he has worked at small businesses like the Wellfleet Drive-In, large organizations like CNN, and public health clinics like the Men’s Action Life Empowerment Center.

He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association, as well as the MA Department of Education’s Aids Advisory Panel. He is the current Regional Field Director for Raise Up MA, advocating on behalf of Question 4, the Earned Sick Time measure.

The argument from Raise Up Massachusetts is the following:

A yes vote will allow workers in Massachusetts to earn up to 40 hours of sick time a year to take care of their own health or a family member’s health.

Workers will earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, and can use their sick time only after working for 90 days.

Thousands of hardworking people in Massachusetts are forced to choose between going to work sick or losing a day’s pay – or worse, their jobs. Some are even forced to send a sick child to school to save their income or job.

A yes vote on Question 4 will save jobs and income, allowing workers to spend more in the local economy, benefiting us all.

Businesses providing sick time find that it reduces employee turnover, increases productivity, and helps their bottom line.