Yesterday, the Seattle City Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health, & Culture Committee passed the Paid Sick Days ordinance by a vote of 4-0. Voting ‘yes’ were Sally Clark, Jean Godden, Mike O’Brien, and ordinance sponsor Nick Licata – and it was your strong support that made it possible.
Together, we sent thousands of emails (1000+ to each City Council member), 2000+ postcards, and made hundreds of phone calls – so many in fact, the Council temporarily shut down its phone system. And if that wasn’t enough, hundreds of supporters testified at and attended townhall forums, public hearings and candidate meetings to relay the message: Don’t delay – pass paid sick days today!
The committee vote was a big milestone, but the full council vote – scheduled for September 12th – will determine whether healthy, responsible prevention for working people is a top priority for the City Council.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking you to keep the pressure on.
Big business lobbyists are still working hard to water down worker protections and weaken the ordinance. We need you to remind the Council they don’t speak for the Seattle community or small businesses.
So for now, give yourself and your fellow Seattleites a big pat on the back for all your hard work – and don’t forget to thank the Councilmembers voting yes!