Earned Sick Days Moves Forward

March 8th, 2013 by salloy

WFP Co-Chair, Jeff Anderson from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, talks to the press prior to the hearing.

Despite opposition from the Portland Business Alliance and a string of biased editorials and articles in the Oregonian, Earned Sick Days had a very successful hearing Thursday night at the City Council, with all 5 commissioners indicating they would vote in favor of the measure next week. This will require that employees earn one hour of sick leave per 30 hours worked, for up to 40 hours of sick leave per year.

Oregon Working Families has been part of a massive, year-long effort to talk to everyday Portlanders about this critical issue. Together with our allies we knocked on 39,345 doors throughout Portland and talked to 15,251 people. We delivered 6,595 letters and generated 1,327 calls to City Council in support of Earned Sick Days for all working Portlanders. But we’re not stopping here. As Earned Sick Days in Portland winds down, it’s time to focus our efforts on a statewide Earned Sick Days bill. Stay tuned for more as we gather legislative advocates and start work on ensuring all Oregonians have the right to paid sick leave.

In the mean time, join us in City Hall at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning if you want to watch this historic measure pass. It’s been a year in the making, but it’s time for Portland to have Earned Sick Days.

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