Stories

We asked those without paid sick days to share their experience with us.

Here’s a sample of what you had to say. Please share the stories that speak to you!

“My daughter works f/t + at a major grocery chain and makes herself available when someone else calls in sick. She is also epileptic. Irregular sleep periods and stress can result in seizures. Proper care post-seizure is rest and sleep but she is worried that if she misses work she will lose hours on the next schedule.”daughter works f/t + at a major grocery chain and makes herself available when someone else calls in sick. She is also epileptic. Irregular sleep periods and stress can result in seizures. Proper care post-seizure is rest and sleep but she is worried that if she misses work she will lose hours on the next schedule.”

Anonymous

“I work for a large company in Regina and solution to sick days is to use your holidays for when you are sick. And then when time comes for holidays your holidays are cut short which is bull crap.”

Anonymous

“I am an individual who has countless health issues. I want to be independent and continue to work despite that.

I am tired of catching every cold and having to bring it to work. Then watch as my coworkers miss day after day. I feel awful, I know I should stay home but if staying home means I can’t afford rent, then I have to work.”

K.M., office worker

“Having had a job were I did have paid sick time to then having a change of job where there was no paid sick days, I can tell you that having paid sick days is by far better for one's mental health as well as financial health.”

A.A.

“As a Controller for a large corporate potato growing farm with 12 F/T employees, having paid sick days would be awesome! [...] Employees are forced to work, even when they are sick, as the employees barely make enough fulltime, and taking day off without pay causes financial hardship and stress, and stress, we know causes other health problems in the long run, thus costing all taxpayers when these people are hospitalized [...] Having paid sick days apply to all employees, regardless of employment, would be a huge step towards beginning to leveling the rich/poor separation."

Millicent Leugner