At a recent meeting of Willamette Reds, the group endorsed the effort to grant paid sick leave to the 40% of working people in Portland who do not have it.
Many working people are not able to take time off from work when they or their family members are sick.
The cold facts are that 40% of all private-sector workers and 80% of low-income workers have no paid sick days from their job. And everybody gets sick.
This means that workers report to work sick - or risk losing their jobs. To call in sick means at least the loss of wages.
Everybody Benefits is a broad coalition of public health professionals, women's advocates, union members, small business owners and concerned citizens.
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz leads the effort at City Hall in Portland to establish an ordinance; Democratic Senator Diane Rosenbaum suggests the issue will be considered in the legislature for a statewide measure.
The campaign: http://everybodybenefitspdx.org/
The latest: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/124400-city-may-toss-sick-pay-issue-to-state