You Decide: Will Washington be next to pass paid sick leave?

voteNow YOU get to make the decisions! After all the ads and negativity of this campaign season, now is your chance to vote for healthier families and stronger communities.

Make Washington the 6th state to pass paid sick days: YES on Initiative 1433

Initiative 1433 assures every worker in Washington has the opportunity to earn at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours they work — 6 or 7 days a year if they work full time. It would also raise the state minimum wage in four steps to $13.50 in 2020.

Why It Matters:

  • 1 million people working in Washington don’t get a single day of paid sick leave now. Many of them work in lower wage jobs in restaurants, retail, and caregiving. That means when they have the flu, their child is sick, or their elderly parent has to go to the doctor, they make a choice – sacrifice family and public health or lose that day’s pay.
  • The current minimum wage of $9.47 isn’t enough to cover the basics for even a single person in communities across our state. Over 90% of the lowest wage workers are adults, many with families to support. A higher minimum wage boosts struggling families, and when workers spend more, that helps local businesses and our whole economy.

Visit Raise Up Washington to learn more about Initiative 1433.

Your votes for state legislators will decide progress on Paid Family Leave, Equal Pay, and more! 

It’s a long ballot — don’t give up! Your choice for state legislators will matter on our two BIG priorities for the 2017-18 legislature: Equal Pay and Paid Family and Medical Leave.

Why It Matters:

  • Let’s end the wage gap! Fair pay and equal career opportunities for women benefit workers families and businesses too — and help build a stronger future for communities all across Washington.
  • In states that already have paid family and medical leave programs, new babies and moms are healthier, women earn more a year following childbirth, and new dads take more time with a new baby. Workers are also able to cope with their own health crisis or a seriously ill family member without falling into a financial crisis.

Check out your candidates’ positions on paid family and medical leave here

Published by waworkfam

The Washington Work and Family Coalition includes representatives of seniors, women, labor, health professionals, children’s advocates, faith communities, low income workers, employers, non-profits and other organizations. We’re working together to make it easier for parents to raise healthy children and care for aging parents; for workers to care for themselves or their partners in the event of a serious illness; and for businesses to offer modern workplace standards that improve productivity and worker health.

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