Del. Elizabeth Guzman at sick leave event

Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-31st, speaks in support of requiring Virginia businesses to offer paid sick leave during a Sept. 5 press conference hosted by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-31st, is endorsing efforts by Virginia’s largest faith-based advocacy group to require businesses with six or more employees to provide five paid sick days for full-time workers. 

If passed, Virginia would join 11 other states -- Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington -- in requiring paid sick days for workers. 

Around 41% of Virginia’s private sector workers, or 1.2 million people, don’t have paid sick days or paid time off, according to Kim Bobo, co-executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

“Paid sick days should be a public health priority. People of faith and goodwill call upon our state senators and delegates to enact legislation to protect our children and our workforce by mandating paid sick days. Virginia was recently ranked the number one state for business. Let’s make it the number one state for workers, families and children,” Bobo said in a statement.

D.J. Jordan, a Republican who is challenging Guzman in the Nov. 5 election, said he wouldn’t support measures requiring paid sick leave if elected. 

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D.J. Jordan

“Many small businesses in this area already provide paid days off, or they work with their team members if issues come up,” Jordan said. “Adding additional government mandates on them is burdensome and could hurt their ability to hire more people in our community who really need a job.” 

Anti-poverty group Oxfam America ranked Virginia the worst state in the nation for workers’ rights in 2019 based on the state’s wages, worker protections and ability to organize. Virginia ranked last in all three categories.

Guzman joined legislators and advocates in Richmond for a Sept. 5 press conference to help launch the Virginia Interfaith Center’s “Paid Sick Days for All Virginians” campaign.

“We need to ensure that parents across the commonwealth have time to visit the doctor to get preventative care, have the time to take their children to the doctor, have the time to take their parents to the doctor,” Guzman said. 

Guzman, who has four children, said she did not have paid sick leave while working in the private sector and used vacation days to take her children to the doctor. 

All 140 seats of the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate are up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

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“Anti-poverty group Oxfam America ranked Virginia the worst state in the nation for workers’ rights in 2019 based on the state’s wages, worker protections and ability to organize. Virginia ranked last in all three categories.”

That Del. Elizabeth Guzman included Oxfam America in her garden of roses pitch for election should scare the living daylights out of Virginia's voters. But the odds are it won't. The super dense liberal populations of Northern Virginia, Richmond and Norfolk will gobble it up like free candy. Here is why.

Oxfam America is part of an extremely liberal world wide organization that lures supporters using the humanitarian levels of suffering of everyday people. Their agendas advocate expanding international control of all political concerns including your taxes, implementation of climate change laws, open borders, more American dollars officially given to foreign aid, more support for international socialist institutions control of the United States internal polices and the complete rejection of any international trade deals that would benefit America.

To be warned is to be forearmed. If you like the ideas of Make America Great Again, Keep America Great, America First and free market competition rules our nation's companies, more money in your pockets, historically low unemployment; especially for blacks then you best do everything in your power to prevent the liberal Democrats from taking control in the coming elections. If they win you can kiss every bit of it goodbye. And this time it might be permanent because there are just not that many leaders available with the backbone, courage, dedication, stamina and will power to stand up and fight for you, your job, your sick leave, your paycheck and or our country, America at the same time. Think hard about it instead of submitting yourselves to the rest of the world's greed without so much as a whimper. Thanks but the answer is no deal Ms. Guzman.

Kevin Raymond

Delegate Guzman has done an outstanding job in her first term in the House of Delegates. She helped to enact Medicaid coverage that provides 400,000 Virginians access to quality, affordable, health care. In addition, she helped to pass a long overdue salary increase for public school teachers and reduce the student-to-guidance counselor ratio in all grades, helped to enact a law that compensates victims of wrongful incarceration, cosigned a bill to raise the grand larceny threshold, and endorsed sending millions of dollars to PRTC that will help commuters on Route 28 and Route 95. Ms. Guzman's performance shows she is committed to representing the people of PWC and Fauquier Counties by identifying needs and acting on them.

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