Released today, a poll conducted in late August shows more than two-thirds of likely Seattle voters favor the Paid Sick Days ordinance that passed out of the Seattle City Council Health Committee on August 10th.
The poll reports 69% of voters support the current ordinance, while just 22% oppose the measure.
The poll also asked how a candidate’s support of the paid sick days ordinance would affect voter’s decisions on election day, to which more than four in ten respondents said they would be more inclined to support a mayoral (48% more likely) or city council (44% more likely) candidate who was in favor of the sick leave proposal. Only 20% were turned off by the stance.
“In tough economic times, workers are vulnerable and cannot afford to lose income or risk being disciplined simply because they have the flu or a child needs medical care. So many go to work sick because they do not have paid sick days,” said Marilyn Watkins, spokesperson for the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce. “Rebuilding the middle class, strengthening families’ economic security, and giving all children the opportunity to thrive requires common-sense protections like paid sick days.”
The ordinance passed by the Health Committee was modeled on the common-ground proposal crafted by Seattle workers, local small businesses, faith, labor and community groups. The proposal is set to come to the full Seattle City Council for a vote on September 12th.