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Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill, Leave 1.4M North Carolinians at Risk

North Carolinians Demand Sens. Tillis and Burr Support Paid Family Leave for More Than 1.4M North Carolinians

Raleigh, N.C. – Today, as the World Health Organization declared the spread of COVID-19 a global pandemic, legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate to provide 14 days of paid leave for workers affected by the virus was blocked by Senate Republicans.

Piedmont Rising Executive Director, Casey Wilkinson, released the following statement in response:

“Make no mistake, any lawmaker who voted to block paid sick leave from moving forward today is not on the side of the Americans that they represent. We are calling on Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr to support paid sick leave as COVID-19 spreads and families inevitably feel the strain of balancing their health and their financial wellbeing. Now is the time for all North Carolinians to join forces and tell Senators Tillis and Burr to take action and make sure all workers in North Carolina and across the U.S. can take care of ourselves and our families.”

Nationally, there are 32 million people who lack paid sick leave, including 1,462,772 in North Carolina.

Media Inquiries:

Jessica Coscia


About Piedmont Rising

Piedmont Rising is an issue advocacy organization built by and for North Carolinians to advocate for lower insurance premiums and prescription drug costs and to ensure that more people have access to safe and affordable health care. Through grassroots organizing, education, and engagement, we are amplifying our health care stories and holding our elected officials accountable to the people, and issues, they were elected to represent.

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