Supporters gather at City Hall to cheer for Seattle paid sick days ordinance

From the seattlepi.com:

Supporters holding postcards signed by thousands of Seattle residents packed the room at City hall to support paid sick days. (Photo: Puget Sound Sage)

A packed room of vocal supporters cheered a government proposal Wednesday that would make employers give Seattle workers paid sick leave, largely drowning out business groups that oppose the plan.

City Councilmember Nick Licata proposed the ordinance last month, for the roughly 200,000 Seattle workers who get no paid sick leave, according to the Economic Opportunity Institute.

The ordinance would require businesses to give workers in Seattle up to five, seven or nine days of paid sick leave a year, depending on the size of business and number of work hours accrued.

Larger businesses would have to pay more sick days than smaller businesses. Workers wouldn’t be eligible unless they’ve worked a minimum number of days. Businesses with less than 250 employees would have a year to comply, if the ordinance is passed. Bigger businesses would have six months.

Read more from the seattlepi.com: Supporters cheer mandate for paid Seattle sick leave »

About seattlehealthyworkforce

The Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce is a diverse coalition of businesses, faith-based, labor, family, and community groups. We’re working to ensure everyone has paid sick days, so we can all have safer food, healthier families and more productive workplaces.
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