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Faith leaders add voices to Maryland sick-leave movement

Maryland faith leaders on Monday joined the swelling ranks of sick-leave advocates backing legislation to require employers in the state to pay workers for time off when they are ill — a proposal that has languished in Congress but found limited success at the state and local levels.

Christian and Jewish clergy, speaking to nearly 100 people at Baltimore’s St. Ignatius Church, called on lawmakers in Annapolis to support the sick-leave bills that Maryland Senate Majority Leader Catherine E. Pugh (D-Baltimore) and Del. Luke H. Clippinger (D-Baltimore) plan to introduce during the upcoming legislative session, which begins Wednesday.

Advocates for sick leave say the working poor suffer most when they don’t have the benefit, making tough choices about whether to work through illnesses or stay home without earning the wages they need to support themselves and their families.

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