It seems obvious (especially now, in the midst of flu season) why all workers should have the right to take paid time off due to personal health issues or to care for sick family members, but it's not; forty percent of private-sector workers have no access to paid sick days, and even many of those who actually do are under intense pressure not to miss work. Consider how 64-year-old former postal service worker Deborah Ford, who retired without ever taking a sick day after 44 years of work, has been praised for her "dedication." Women and minorities are already less likely to receive paid sick days; we should be worried, not impressed, when we hear how some people work for decades without taking time off.
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