Sick and Safe Time for All

Twin Ports DSA members gather before an Earned Sick and Safe Time task force hearing.

This is the stuff of basic community organizing, passing a city-wide earned sick and safe time ordinance that would apply to almost all workers. Currently close to half of Duluth workers do not have this basic benefit, so they have difficulty taking time off for a sick child, or even just to stay home so they don't spread whatever crud they have to the rest of the world. 

As expected, the business "community" has been howling, but it still looks like this could pass. It will not be a super strong ordinance. Workers will earn up to 40 hours max of paid leave annually, which, as one city councilor pointed out last night, is hardly enough to cover a bout of the flu. He also reminded us that most countries provide this benefit at the national level through their equivalent of social security, which is what we should be working on.