Sick, Safe, and Family Leave
Everyone gets sick. And everyone deserves time to get better, without risking their economic security or safety.
Currently, about 40,000 workers in Spokane lack earned sick and safe leave, risking the health and safety of themselves, the public, and their families. Access to Earned Sick and Safe Pay reduces employee turnover, protects the safety of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, increases employee morale and productivity, and ensures workers don’t spread illnesses.
In 2014, a comprehensive survey indicated 87% of Spokane residents agreed that “working people who are sick or have sick children should be able to take paid sick days.” According to a 2015 national survey, “88 percent of voters say they want all workers to be able to earn paid sick days” to care for themselves and their family members.
Other local businesses and organizations who support the policy in Spokane are listed here.
For more information about the City Council Resolution and Earned Sick and Safe Leave stakeholder group, go to the City of Spokane’s news page on the issue.
We, the Spokane Alliance, have been working for over a year and half researching this topic, meeting with over 50 local businesses and nonprofit groups, talking with hundreds of individuals, and hosting Spokane Alliance assemblies attended by 500 people to craft and gain support for a proposed policy for the City of Spokane.
We’ve heard countless stories from folks like custodians, grocery store workers, nurses, and families about how earned Sick, Safe and Family Leave could positively impact their lives or has already done so.