For many workers, getting sick does not mean time off work. In fact, about 40,000 workers in Spokane do not have paid sick leave, according to the Spokane Alliance. That group, and city council members, announced today an ordinance to require paid sick leave for all Spokane workers.
In a downtown Spokane restaurant kitchen during Hoopfest weekend 2013, Isaiah Kibwe Day naturally struggled to keep up with the biggest rush of the year. He was dicing an avocado when his knife slipped into his palm below the thumb. He barely avoided damage to the nerve and connective tissues and recalled that "picking up something as unimposing as a piece of paper was excruciating."
Next time you get a burger at the Lantern Tap House in Spokane’s Perry District, rest assured it didn’t come with a cough.
The restaurant has enacted a paid sick leave policy for its 10 kitchen employees, prompting immediate gratitude from its cooks and dishwashers, as well as an upcoming visit from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Almost 200 people packed the Spokane City Council chambers and Chase Gallery on Monday night for the council’s final meeting of the year. Most of them came to support an ordinance put forth by Council President Ben Stuckart mandating that a certain amount of work on public works construction projects be performed by apprentices.
On Labor Day, the Spokane Alliance salutes a century of progress for American workers, including the five-day workweek, collective bargaining rights and better workplace safety. But much remains to be done, especially in low-wage Spokane, to create more job opportunities for young people and veterans.