Sage Takes Lead Role in Fight for Seattle Workers to have Paid Sick Days

June 17, 2011 -- Puget Sound Sage

by Lucas Franco, Sage Outreach and Communications Coordinator

In Seattle, roughly 190,000 employees – 4 in 10 workers – have no paid sick leave. That's 78% of restaurant workers, 55% of retail workers, and even 29% in health care who have to choose between going to work sick or staying home and losing pay or worse. Sage has taken a lead role as part of the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, a partnership between businesses, faith-based, labor, family, and community groups, in a campaign to help pass minimum standards for paid sick days.

This summer, an ordinance will be introduced at the Seattle City Council that ensures that all employees working in the city of Seattle are provided with the sick leave they need to take care of their health and safety needs without the risk of losing a day's wages or even their job. Paid sick days will also create healthier and more productive workplaces by reducing the potential for workplace accidents and boosting employee productivity and morale.

In the lead up to the kick off of the city ordinance, we have been working with our coalition partners to mobilize support from Seattleites.