A PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE

Tucson Stakeholders 1-28-16

The group who testified and supported the ordinance at the stakeholder meeting at the Ward 2 Council Office, including Brian Flagg.

by Brian Flagg

A paid sick leave ordinance for companies with more than ten employees is being considered by the Tucson City Council.

This has been done in more than twenty other cities. It is being pushed by labor unions, especially the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and other grassroots Tucsonans.

It was introduced in December by Councilwoman Regina Romero. I was there. She skillfully and passionately defended the measure against all kinds of lame objections from her colleagues.

This seemed to fuel opposition from right wing, anti-worker entities such as the Chamber of Commerce and the HiSpanic Chamber of Commerce (who don’t represent the needs and aspirations of probably anyone who lives in my barrio).

So the City Council did what it almost always does when faced with making a tough decision … They created a stakeholders committee to take the heat off of them and buy time until they can find a way to hopefully not offend anyone.

At the last of the three stakeholder meetings on Thursday, January 28, business owners were out in force, crying about how much this would hurt them in this still struggling economy. They tried to instill fear by saying that this would force many businesses to leave the City and not come here.

But what about the workers, in this, the 6th poorest city in the entire country?

Because they are so in need of their jobs and their paychecks, they are going to come to work sick. This is inhumane for them and not in the interest of the health of the general public.

When this comes up for a vote, my prayer is that the City Council will realize that few if any of these Republican types opposed to the rights of workers live in the City. There are way more people living in the City of Tucson who would benefit from this and are inclined to vote Democrat in the next election.

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Ley de Pago de ausencia por enfermedad para las compañías con más de 10 empleados ha sido considerada por el consejo de la ciudad de Tucson.

Esto ha pasado en más de 20 ciudades. Esta siento promovido por la Unión de trabajadores, especialmente por la UFCW (United Food y Comercial Workers) y otros residentes de Tucson.

Fue introducida en Diciembre por el Miembro del Consejo de Tucson Regina Romero. Yo estuve ahí. Ella con habilidad y pasión defendió la propuesta contra las objeciones de sus colegas.

Parecía una completa oposición de parte de las entidades anti-trabajadores como la Cámara de Comercio y la Cámara de Comercio Hispano (que no representa las necesidades y aspiraciones probablemente de ninguno de los que viven en mi barrio).

Así que el Consejo de la Ciudad hizo lo que casi siempre hacen cuando tienen que tomar una difícil decisión… crearon un comité para no enfrentar la situación y ganar tiempo para encontrar la manera de no ofender a nadie.

En la última junta del Comité (después de tres) el Jueves 28 de Enero, los dueños de negocios se estuvieron lamentando de como esto iba a afectar su economía y trataron de transmitir miedo diciendo que esto haría que muchos negocios dejaran la ciudad o que no vinieran.

Y dónde quedan los trabajadores? en este caso, de la 6ª ciudad más pobre en todo el país. Ellos están en mucha necesidad del pago en sus trabajos, van a ir a trabajar enfermos. Esto es inhumano y su salud no es el interés del público en general.

Cuando esto salga en las votaciones, mi Oración es que el Consejo de la Ciudad se dé cuenta si alguno de los Republicanos se opone al derecho de los trabajadores que viven en la ciudad. Hay muchas personas en Tucson que se beneficiarían de esto y se inclinarían a votar por los demócratas en las siguientes elecciones.

One comment

  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    Per National Partnership.org: Businesses benefit when their employees have access to paid sick days. When sick workers are able to stay home, the spread of disease slows and workplaces are both healthier and more productive. Plus, workers recover faster from illness and obtain timely medical care – enabling them to get back to work sooner and holding down health care costs. Yet nearly two in five private-sector workers – and nearly half of those who work for smaller businesses – don’t have paid sick days to use to recover from an illness.
    Kathy Jamieson

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