99%? Awesome. But let’s talk about the 80%.

Side of flu with your burger?


Did you drag yourself to your job this winter with a scorching fever, a scratchy throat and a taste like something might have snuck into your lung for a nap and expired?

If you did, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re with 80% of low-wage earners who don’t get to take a day off without missing a day of pay.These people, who tend to be younger and low-income, end up spreading illnesses far faster than if they stayed home.

Sound gross and unfair? Well, Portland, there is a cure for what ails ya and it goes by the name of Earned Sick Days.

Under this perfect prescription of a policy, all job-holding, hard-working people would earn paid sick days while they worked to the tune of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. Side effects include a warming sensating of justice served. [Cue video of people golfing and dancing at weddings.]

What You Can Do

1. Make a phone call: Hop on that soapbox of yours and make three simple but very important phone calls right now to the people debating this issue. No policy expertise required; just a desire to speak up and be part of history.  It’ll take you less than 10 minutes. Call:

  • Mayor Charlie Hales: (503) 823-4120
  • Commissioner Nick Fish: (503) 823-3589
  • Commissioner Dan Saltzman: (503) 823-4151

What to say: “Hi, my name is (your name) and I live in Portland. I’m calling to express my support for a citywide paid sick time policy. Thanks for the work you’re doing around this policy. We’re excited to have earned sick days here in Portlland. Thank you!” See? Simple.

Feel free to share a personal story about a time when you needed sick time and what it meant for you to have it—or not have it.

Once you’ve called, brag about it on our Facebook page.

2. Get Yourself to City Hall: Once you’ve made your phone calls, you can help pack City Hall for the public hearing next Thursday, March 7th at 3PM.

We’d love to see your healthy faces there.


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