Chicago Voters Urge City Council for Paid Sick Leave

CHICAGO —The National Partnership for Women and Families reports that Chicago voters tremendously expressed to their city council to enact paid sick leave.


The mayoral results, which will feature a runoff between the current mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Chuy Garcia, surpassed the referendum. The two candidates are virtually tied in polls.


Numerous unions including the Chicago Federation of Teachers and the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents the city’s bus and subway workers, are strongly campaigning for Garcia since they received no support from Emanuel during his first term.


If paid sick leave were enacted, more than 460,000 Chicago workers would benefit from it said National Partnership President Debra Ness. “The City Council and mayor should now act quickly to honor the will of the people by approving a measure that will guarantee all workers in the city the right to earn paid sick days,” she added.


“By approving a citywide standard, Chicago would join the 20 other jurisdictions that have or will soon have paid sick days laws in place.  Workers, businesses and lawmakers across the country support the common-sense policy.  And all the research and evidence from existing laws and employer policies shows paid sick days are good for families, businesses and economies.”


Source: PAI