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Workers Rally Downtown For Paid Sick Time Legislation

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – People without paid sick time say they often have to decide if it's worth staying home sick and not be paid.

Today, workers from the home health care industry, custodial service, grocery and restaurant industries ignited a fight to get paid sick day legislation in the City of Pittsburgh.

They rallied Downtown outside of the City County Building.

Pittsburgh United Executive Director Barney Hoursler says his and other organizations plan on asking City Council to enact legislation to give paid time off for sick workers.

They want to set a high standard asking for 20 to 40 days.

"We know there are corporations that are going to be objecting to any rights for workers, or for the communities so we need to have the backs of our city leaders," Hoursler said.

It's not expected to be a change that happens overnight.

Leaders of the movement say it's going to be a slow process as it was in Philadelphia and the 17 other cities where the legislation has passed.

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