Octancia's story: earned sick and safe time

I know what it's like to need earned sick and safe time and paid family leave to be healthy. I worked for McDonald's during my pregnancy, and after I had the baby I returned to work ten days after a C-section.  

I wasn't healthy enough to return to work so early, but I had to support my family. It takes 4-6 weeks to recover from a Cesarean surgery. My doctor warned me working so early I could face problems in the future, advising me that I wasn't healthy enough to work. Today I suffer from scar tissues and a herniated disc from working too early after my surgery. 

Families need benefits like paid family leave and earned sick and safe time. No one should have to choose between earning a paycheck and taking care of their family. I support the Working Parents Act and am organizing for better workers' rights, including earned sick and safe time, fair scheduling, and a living wage.


Sharing my story at a press conference on the health benefits of earned sick and safe time and paid family leave.

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