Target: Portland City Council
Goal: Pass mandated paid sick leave for workers inside the city of Portland
Many activists are calling on the city of Portland to mandate at least some paid sick leave for workers inside the city. Basing this off of city regulations in Seattle and San Francisco, local workers claim that too many private sector jobs inside the city offer no sick pay at all. There is much pressure on Portland’s City Council to take the request into consideration.
The biggest problem seems to be the demographic that the lack of paid sick leave is affecting. Overall, the city’s employment without paid sick leave rate is around 40 percent; however, the number is different for Hispanic residents. Out of the total number of Hispanic individuals employed within the city of Portland, 57 percent of them do not have paid sick leave. These differences have left some Hispanic workers disgruntled and looking for a change.
Paid sick leave is an ever-emerging issue. Those who need every penny their job can offer in order to make a living for themselves and their families often go to work even if they are sick, as to avoid a cut in income. This not only prevents the worker from a speedy recovery, but it also puts the others that individual works with at a potential health risk. Paid sick leaves need to be mandated in order to protect the health of everyone employed at a company.
Sign the petition letter below, and ask Portland City Council to pass mandated paid sick leave for jobs inside the city of Portland. The absence of a paid sick leave obviously affects minorities especially and everyone’s health overall. If more disease and contamination can be prevented, the Portland City Council should do everything in its power to do just that.
Dear Portland City Council,
Paid sick leave is an important issue to many of your constituents. Seattle and San Francisco have recognized the need for paid sick leave within their city limits, and it is now Portland’s turn to do the same.
The issue is also especially important in the city of Portland due to the lack of equity among ethnic demographics. While the rate for the entire city of Portland for employment without paid sick leave is at 40 percent, the rate for employed Hispanic individuals is much higher at 57 percent. This disparity cannot go unnoticed.
The bottom line is, individuals who are sick but are not offered paid sick leave are more likely to come into work than those who are sick but do have paid sick leave. This not only means delayed recovery time for that individual, but also increases the risk of all other employees to get sick as well.
Please pass a citywide rule to require paid sick leave. Not only is the lack of paid sick leave ethnically disparaging, it also poses a great health risk. Passing this rule would make working individuals healthier and more equitable.
[Your Name Here]
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