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Michigan advocates push for paid sick day legislation

Advocates who helped force Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers to raise the minimum wage this year are next focusing on a renewed push for legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick leave days.

Advocacy groups for low-wage earners held a news conference at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. It was designed to be a launching point for the organizations to organize around the issue in the next two-year legislative session that starts in January.

Mothering Justice Director Danielle Atkinson says Massachusetts and cities in California and New Jersey approved paid sick day measures in the Nov. 4 elections. Advocates say more than 1.5 million Michigan workers can't take a paid sick day when they are ill.

Democratic-sponsored paid sick time bills are stalled in the Republican-led Legislature.

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