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Paid sick leave signed into law
Today Mayor McGinn signed Seattle’s new paid sick leave ordinance into law at Capitol Hill’s Plum Bistro. Plum Bistro’s owner Makini Howell was one of the first Seattle business owners to get involved in advocating for this legislation.
This law will level the playing field in Seattle by supporting public health and economic justice.
84% of the highest paid workers nationally have access to paid sick leave. But only 32% of the lowest-paid workers have this benefit. They are denied the opportunity to care for their families and care for themselves.
Women are disproportionately impacted. 37% of all working women have no access to paid sick leave, even though women are more likely to be the primary caregivers. Single moms are hit even harder by the lack of paid sick days, making it difficult for them to save money, find economic security, and care for their children.
It’s also a public health issue. Adults without paid sick leave are 1.5 times more likely to go to work with a contagious illness, like the flu, than adults with paid sick leave. To safeguard the public welfare, health, safety, and prosperity of the City of Seattle, all persons working in our community should have access to adequate paid sick and safe leave. Doing so will ensure a more stable workforce in our community, thereby benefiting workers, their families, employers, and the community as a whole.
Thank you to the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, the Economic Opportunity Institute and Councilmember Nick Licata for their leadership on this bill.
Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance