Media Coverage

Sick-leave policy a must

The Spokane Alliance has been working with several Spokane City Council members on a new policy that would give many city workers their first chance to accrue sick leave.

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Sick leave would change lives

When we are sick, or our own children are sick, or even the grandchildren that we are raising, it would make a huge difference in our lives to have earned sick and safe time.

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City Council sets timeline for sick leave ordinance

The Council may include elements from other cities that have implemented successful policies; however the goal is to balance all perspectives and interests, with special consideration for the needs of Spokane’s small businesses. The Council will continue to gather input from the community on the issue for the next six weeks.

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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

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. The policy would be based on a proposal from the Spokane Alliance that outlines how employees would accrue sick leave and how much of it they could earn at different sized businesses.

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Sick Workers Would Get Time Off Under Spokane Proposal

The Spokane Alliance held a news conference in the Saranac Commons Marketplace to announce a support for paid sick, safe, and family leave. The policy would require some time off for personal illness or injury, care for ill family members, and for legal or safety needs of domestic violence survivors.

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

Two in five workers in Spokane make the choice between their health and paying their bills. These are minimum wage jobs with few to no benefits. The Spokane Alliance — a nonpartisan and nonprofit alliance of congregations, unions, schools and community groups — has been meeting with small business owners, public health professionals and impacted workers to craft a solution that works for Spokane.

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Paid sick leave policy leads to local thanks

In Washington state, about 1 million workers are faced with the decision of either going to work sick or forgoing a day’s wages. Stacey Kerr, head chef at the Lantern, said the sick leave policy for her staff “really warmed my heart.” “Nobody wants to come to work sick, but it comes down to ‘Will I make rent this week?’ ” Kerr said, “Eighty dollars doesn’t sound like a lot to a lot of people. But it really is.”

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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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