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Voters in Arizona and Washington Choose Paid Sick Days

Capping off an already historic year of progress for paid sick days, voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures last week that will mean the nation will soon have seven statewide paid sick days laws. Thirty-nine jurisdictions now do – or will soon – guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time, and efforts to protect and build upon these victories has become even more important.
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Affordable Health Care and Paid Sick Days Go Hand in Hand

This week marks the start of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act – a historic advance that has made more affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage available to millions more consumers. But increasing access to health coverage addresses only one barrier to health care in this country. Paid sick days access is essential too.
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Momentum in Minnesota: 68,300 Workers in St. Paul Will Gain Paid Sick Days

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a paid sick days ordinance on September 7. When fully implemented, the law will guarantee approximately 68,300 additional private sector workers in the city the right to earn paid sick time. This is the second paid sick days win in Minnesota this year, following Minneapolis’s victory in May. Advocates now have their sights set on making Duluth next.
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State and Local Campaigns

Interactive Map: Paid Sick Days Campaigns, Statistics and Stories

Click on the interactive map below to view the latest campaign updates.

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