Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

5.20.21 – Illinois Sick Leave Act

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Illinois Sick Leave Act

The Illinois Sick Leave Act allows workers to utilize earned sick time to care for a family member or committed partner without loss of income. This legislation specifically excluded workers under Title II of the RLA – which means Flight Attendants and other aviation workers cannot use the Illinois Sick Leave Act.

Fortunately, Senate Bill (SB) 645 will correct this oversight so that working families, including Flight Attendants and aviation workers, are included and protected by the Illinois Sick Leave Act.

Click here to call your State Representative, and tell them to support SB 645.

This important amendment has already cleared the Senate, we just need one final push to ensure it clears the Illinois House of Representatives and becomes state law.

Call your State Representative, and tell them to support SB 645, so Flight Attendants and other aviation workers are included and protected by the Illinois Sick Leave Act!

AND

Click to Tweet at Illinois Speaker Welch

More background info:

  • The Illinois Sick Leave Act (Public Act 99-0841) is the Act that allows Illinois employees to utilize earned sick time for the care of a family member or committed partner without loss of income. It was enacted January 1, 2017.
  • Amendment 820 ILCS 191-21 was enacted January 13, 2017, which excluded all employees of aviation carriers and rail from the Illinois Sick Leave Act. The justification given involved the need to exclude those under the Railway Labor Act of 1936 to be in parity with Federal laws.
  • We believe this exclusion was done in error and seek to correct this by legislation that will place Illinois employees in parity with those of fourteen other states that have enacted similar legislation without targeting the aviation and rail industries for exclusion.
  • The intent of the Act was to support working families, yet employees in these two industries are denied this important benefit.
  • This bill will not increase costs to airline/rail or grant workers any additional sick leave. It would simply give workers the ability to designate their earned sick time for either their personal illness or for a covered family member.
  • SB 645 will remedy the unfair exclusion of airline and rail workers from the Paid Sick Leave Act and restore fairness to this important law.

 

In Solidarity,

Susan Wroble
APFA ORD Base President

swroble@apfa.org

Dray Howard
APFA ORD Base Vice President

dhoward@apfa.org

Allie Malis
APFA Government Affairs Representative
legislation@apfa.org

Lori Glattly
APFA Government Affairs Representative
legislation@apfa.org

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