Washington’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 1356, establishing statewide sick and safe leave, in March 2015, but the companion bill, SB 5306, stalled in the Senate. Neither bill is moving in the 2016 legislature.
With progress in the legislature stalled, a group of workers, businesses, labor unions, and community organizations has come together to launch Raise Up Washington, Initiative 1433. Signature collection is now underway to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. If enacted, I-1433 would:
• Allow all workers to earn at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked starting in 2018, to use for their own health needs, care for sick family members, and deal with the consequences of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
• Increase the state minimum wage to $11 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020.