The success and progress of paid sick days campaigns in Portland, Ore., and New York City have added to the momentum around this common sense policy and sparked new campaigns and progress in other states and cities. Here’s the latest:
In New Jersey, the New Jersey Time to Care Coalition — a diverse group of more than 65 unions and research, advocacy and community-based organizations — welcomed the introduction of a paid sick and safe leave bill for the state in the Assembly this week. The New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial Board has already weighed in with its support for the measure.
In Tacoma, Washington, a broad-based coalition led by Healthy Tacoma is building off of Seattle’s successful paid sick days campaign and the growing support for state paid sick days legislation by launching its own initiative. Unions, businesses, local public officials and others are getting on board to support the effort, which would increase access to paid sick days for the more than 40,000 Tacoma residents who currently cannot earn them.