Nearly 190,000 workers in Seattle now have the right to earn the job-protected time they need to recover from common illnesses and care for their families’ health without risking their jobs and economic security. No longer will workers have to choose between staying home with the flu and spreading it to coworkers and their communities. No longer will working parents have to make the impossible choice between sending a sick child to school and staying home to give that child the care it needs. Working families, businesses and the public will all benefit as a result.
This groundbreaking victory in Seattle adds to the growing support and momentum for paid sick days we’re seeing across the country. Now, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle and the state of Connecticut guarantee workers the basic right to earn paid sick days. We are another step closer to the family friendly nation America’s working families need. And, with progress on the horizon in places like New York City and Orange County, Florida, this is just the beginning.
We commend the organizations in the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, and the workers, businesses and lawmakers whose hard work and commitment to Seattle’s working families have finally paid off. We now have a powerful new model for future paid sick days efforts as we continue the fight for the day when no worker has to choose between work and family because of a lack of paid sick days."
The National Partnership for Women & Families drafted and led the fight for the Family and Medical Leave Act. The organization is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.