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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.

A Seattle Mom’s Story: Why We All Need Paid Sick Days

One evening in 2010, Monica’s baby had a seizure. After a frantic call to 911, a terrifying rush to the hospital, and a night spent by her son’s side, Monica had to get to her 7 am shift at a … Continue reading

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Seattle sick leave law: So healthy that others want to follow suit

By Nick Licata As noted recently on Crosscut and elsewhere, Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave law turns one year old this month. September also marks the new school year and a new flu season. Each is a good reminder … Continue reading

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One year after Seattle’s Paid Sick Days law, business formation and job growth remain strong

One year after Seattle’s paid sick days law took effect, local businesses owners joined the small business group Main Street Alliance to present a new report on the economic impacts of the law. Joe Fugere, owner of Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria; Makini … Continue reading

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D.C. Corporate Front Group Tries to Speak for Seattle – and Fails Miserably

This week The Seattle Times ran an op-ed by Michael Saltsman of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), an industry-funded ‘research’ organization, claiming Seattle’s Paid Sick Days law is negatively impacting local businesses and driving up costs. Here’s the funny thing … Continue reading

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New York becomes largest U.S. city to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick days

While most New Yorkers slept, last night the city council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s previous veto of paid sick days legislation. Continue reading

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Implementing Earned Sick Days Laws: Learning from Seattle’s Experience

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) took note of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Days ordinance that passed in November 2011 and took effect September 2012. CLASP researchers spoke with employees in the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) … Continue reading

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If you’re looking for a reason to eat at Grand Central Bakery, here it is

In the recent dust-up over a local coffee shop’s signs about (and surcharge for) paid sick days, you might have missed this, from the owners of Grand Central Bakery: Continue reading

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