Category Archives: Personal story

No Sick Leave = More Germs at Sea-Tac?

How policies for low-wage airport workers can make you sick. Yoseph Diallo’s dad is the one who encouraged him to look for work at Sea-Tac airport, based on stories his family had heard over the years about stable, good-paying jobs … Continue reading

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Local grocery store worker Tasha West-Baker talks about how she helped pass Seattle’s paid sick days law

From The Story via American Public Media: Getting Her Due: Ever noticed a sniffling check-out clerk when going through a grocery line and wondered why they didn’t stay home? Tasha West Baker says some of them can’t afford to. Tasha … Continue reading

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Aaron’s story: Luck shouldn’t determine whether you can take responsibility for your family

Via Washington Policy Watch: I’m the proud father of a 6-week old baby girl. As you can imagine, I’ve had my share of sleepless nights recently – but it’s helped me realize how lucky I am. Growing up, my dad … Continue reading

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“I’m well enough to work. It’s just a cold. But trust me, you don’t want it.”

You probably cannot find a more succinct and memorable summary of  the public (and personal) health case for paid sick days than this. So if you know someone who still doesn’t “get” why ensuring we all have paid sick days … Continue reading

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Crosscut: The public health case for paid sick days

From Crosscut: By Tasha West-Baker, Seattle grocery store worker I work at a place where we don’t have paid sick days. We sell food and medicines. We could be a grocery store, a pharmacy, a convenience store, even a gas … Continue reading

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Serving up some theories on the paid sick days discussion

From Legal Voice: The current debate over whether or not workers should have a minimum standard of paid sick days is not a new one. A national bill, The Healthy Families Act, was proposed in 2009 and a handful of … Continue reading

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Norovirus outbreaks sicken workers, diners – shows need for paid sick days

[UPDATE 02/07/12] Steve Hall, General Manager of the Seattle Yacht Club, clarifies: “[The Seattle Yacht Club] offers paid sick days to our staff. And in fact, when we closed for 2 weeks to deal with the outbreak, our members stepped … Continue reading

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