Media Coverage

Spokane Alliance Unveils Sick, Safe & Family Leave Policy

Small business owners, medical professionals, non-profits, community groups and city council members gathered in a packed Saranac Commons on Tuesday to unveil a sick, safe and family leave policy for the City of Spokane. The Spokane Alliance, a coalition of groups in Spokane County, has been conducting outreach and analysis for nearly two years with positive results: nearly two dozen small businesses already endorse the draft policy, city council has announced their intention to pass a policy by summer, and hundreds of stories have been collected that speak to the profound impact of employees having access to paid sick, safe and family leave.


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Snyder, Waldref plan to draft paid sick leave policy for Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're out sick from work, do you get paid? Many in Spokane do not, but some city council members want to change that.

City council members Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref plan to introduce a resolution this week that basically states their intentions to establish a paid sick leave ordinance in the city. Snyder and Waldref are shooting to have a paid sick leave policy by this summer.


KXLY - Aaron Luna - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Wages or Wellness? Why paid sick leave is good for everyone

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."


Inlander - Paul Dillon - Tuesday, March 04, 2015

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Council passes public works project apprentice requirement

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.



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