Imagine waking up on a Tuesday with the flu, but having to go to work so you don’t risk losing your job. Or, picture sending your sick child to school because you’ll lose a day’s pay if you stay home with them.
Over 190,000 people working in Seattle don’t have a single paid sick day. Many work in our local restaurants and grocery stores, daycares, hotels, and even medical centers. That’s bad for Seattle’s families, businesses and public health.
You can help make Seattle a healthier place to live and work:
Urge the Seattle City Council to introduce a paid sick days ordinance in May and give it a public hearing in June.
Our push for paid sick days in Seattle is getting a lot of great attention: from local media, from parents, school nurses, doctors, food workers, and more. But a few well-connected business lobbyists are now trying to use their clout to take this discussion off the table.
We ALL get sick sometimes. The flu season isn’t going to wait, and food-borne diseases don’t discriminate. Without paid sick days, people face a stark choice: either go to work sick and get paid, or stay home to care for themselves or a sick family member, and take a pay cut.
The more people who send a message, the more likely it is Councilmembers will take action:
Please take 30 seconds now to urge the Seattle City Councilmembers to act now on paid sick days.
Don’t forget to forward this page to your friends and family in Seattle so they can take action too!
To learn more, visit: www.seattlehealthyworkforce.org
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