Paid time off for all Charleston sightseeing bus stops

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Paid Leave for All, a national campaign of organizations hoping to establish paid family and medical leave across the country, state-to-state travel, arrested in West Virginia on Friday after- midday.

Traveling by bus, the group made 14 stops and visited 10 states. Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for All, says the pandemic has made the need for paid time off greater than ever.

“Currently 4 out of 5 workers do not have paid family leave for their work,” she said. “It’s a crisis brewing, but we have the opportunity to do something now and we believe the time has come to do it.”

Politicians and supporters lined up outside the West Virginia State Capitol, raising support for a national bill that would establish paid time off for all workers.

Opponents of the bill are concerned about the cost and say it puts the burden on small businesses.

But supporters like West Virginia State Senator Richard Lindsay (D) Kanawha say the paid time off could help families support themselves.

“Paid time off is a reasonable and rational program that takes into account today’s reality so that everyone who works can care for their own,” said Lindsay.

Huckelbridge hopes speaking to lawmakers across the country will convince them that paid time off would ease the burden on working families.

“No one should have to choose between a salary and their family, or their health and their work,” she said. “We think it’s time to change that now. “

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