Community Forum and New Report on Paid Sick Days in Seattle

When you’re sick, staying home is the responsible thing to do. This is particularly true when you work in industries where you handle and serve food or provide health care services. But in Seattle, an estimated 190,000 workers don’t get paid sick days and therefore can’t afford to do the right thing and stay home. And sure enough, they tend to work in the restaurants, grocery stores, medical centers and other service-oriented jobs that involve interacting with the public. Read more…

Join us for a community forum on the need for paid sick days in Seattle. Invitations have been extended to members of the Seattle City Council and the mayor’s office.

Wednesday, May 11
5PM – 7PM
University Christian Church
4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle

For event details, click here.

New study shows benefits of paid sick days.

Food safety and public health top the list of benefits of ensuring people working in Seattle have paid sick leave – but according to a new report, it would also improve children’s health and school performance, and provide support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. There are economic benefits too: paid sick leave reduces business costs through reduced turnover and absences, and increases workplace productivity and morale.

The report, produced by the Economic Opportunity Institute, takes a look at the numbers behind the discussion about paid sick days. For a few highlights and do download the report, click here.