Keep our working families healthy and safe (December 9,2013)

By: Jolene Ivey, The Baltimore Sun

Consider this scenario: A single mom’s baby wakes up with a fever. She can either give him a dose of Tylenol, hoping it brings the baby’s temperature down long enough to make it through her shift as a waitress, or stay home and miss a whole day’s pay and not be able to afford rent or day care next week. She chooses the Tylenol, feeling guilty about it.

Her son infects several other children at the day care, which sends him home. His mom has to miss work to care for him, then gets sick herself. Once her son is well enough to return to day care, she returns to work, because she feels she has to, infecting colleagues and customers.