Earned Sick Days Passes – on to the legislature!

March 14th, 2013 by shughes

The Portland City Council voted unanimously (5 – 0) in favor of an Earned Sick Days policy today, making it the fourth city in the United States to pass the ordinance.  The ordinance, once implemented next year, would allow workers to take up to five days of leave when they or a family member is ill.  Workers at businesses with six or more employees would be allowed paid sick leave, and employees at smaller businesses would be granted job-protected unpaid time.

“This is a huge victory for working people throughout the city of Portland, and now we need to pass this at the state level,” said Steve Hughes, State Director of Oregon Working Families. “Commissioner Fritz showed great leadership on this issue, and we commend her and the entire council for their long, hard work crafting this policy.”

40% of Portland workers—and 80% of service sector workers— don’t currently have access to sick time on the job, and stand to benefit from the passage of this ordinance.  Studies have shown that the lack of paid sick time disproportionately impacts working class people, women and people of color.  145 other countries around the world have already established earned sick time as a basic labor standard.

Oregon Working Families spent a good portion of the summer and fall talking to Portlanders about the sick days ordinance.  This field program, which together with allied organizations, knocked on just shy of 40,000 doors, found widespread popular support for the ordinance.  “We found that when you went out there and talked to every day Portlanders, this Earned Sick Days ordinance just seemed like common sense,” said Steve Hughes.

The coalition now turns its attention to statewide legislation, with Representatives Michael Dembrow and Alissa Keny-Guyer and Senators Diane Rosenbaum and Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward leading the effort in the state legislature.

  • Share/Bookmark

© 2007–2012 Working Families Party | Privacy Policy

design by theCoup.org