Makini Howell is a small business owner who runs three restaurants and a commercial kitchen in Seattle, a food truck, and her family’s restaurant in Tacoma. Makini’s business has grown from a small start-up into a $2 million company that employes 40 people in our region – all while providing her employees with access to paid sick and safe leave.
But in Washington, nearly 1 million workers – or one-third of the state’s entire workforce – do not have access to paid sick days.
Everyone needs paid sick days – whether to stay home and battle the flu or take care of a sick child. Across the country, states and cities are taking action to expand access to paid sick days. Washington D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Jersey City, Connecticut, Portland, OR, SeaTac and Seattle have passed laws allowing workers to accrue paid sick leave.
Washington HB 1313, a bill establishing minimum standards for earned paid sick days, is ready for a vote in the House of Representatives. We know you support paid sick days – lawmakers need to know that too.
If we want legislators to take action today, they need to hear from you.
Use our action page to email the House of Representatives today and urge them to pass paid sick days. Or you can take action by calling the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000.
Want to be a part of advancing women and families in 2014? Join us for a national tele-town hall on January 29th – the 5th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Both Lilly Ledbetter and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be at the town hall to discuss women’s economic security with working women from across America. Learn more here.