Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, On Seattle Mayor McGinn’s Signing Of the Paid Sick Days Ordinance
September 23, 2011
Today, Mayor McGinn’s signature on the paid sick days ordinance brings us one step closer to nearly 200,000 more Seattle workers being able to earn and take paid sick days. The Mayor and the City Council understand how important paid sick days are, not just for families, but for public health, businesses’ bottom line and the economic health of our city.
When people have paid sick leave, they can stay home if they’re ill and avoid spreading illness to their co-workers, and in some cases, to clients, customers and other members of the public. When parents have paid sick leave, they don’t have to send their children to school sick where they can infect other kids and teachers, or leave them at home where they’re unsupervised.
We all get sick. And when we’re worried about our kids’ health or our own health, we shouldn’t also have to worry about whether we can pay the rent or utility bills or if we’ll still have a job when we get better.
MomsRising is proud to have been an integral part of the effort to pass the paid sick days ordinance, along with several area businesses – including Plum Bistro, Cupcake Royale, Tutta Bella, 5 Point Cafe, and more – and the more than 75 organizations that comprise the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, whose leadership includes Economic Opportunity Institute Puget Sound Sage, UFCW 21, Legal Voice, Washington CAN, Puget Sound Association for Retired Americans, MLK Labor Council, and the Washington State Labor Council.