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Spokane Mayor Condon vetoes new sick-leave mandate

The veto was expected from Condon, who has opposed the policy since it was first being discussed last year and promised to veto it due to questions of how much it would cost the city to enforce. An override of the veto is likely, as it requires only five votes and the policy passed 6-1 earlier this month. Only Councilman Mike Fagan opposed it.

Workers in Spokane would get three days of sick leave under proposal to be taken up Monday

The vast majority of workers in Spokane would get paid sick leave under a proposal the Spokane City Council will consider on Monday. The rule, which would require most employers to provide workers with three days of paid sick leave each year, was heavily debated last summer until council members delayed action on it. The leave could be used for sickness, bereavement, to take care of a sick loved one or to deal with a domestic violence situation.

USOC leaders grateful to Los Angeles for 2nd chance at 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee compared the choice of Boston as a bidder for the 2024 Olympics to Seattle’s choice to pass the ball at the goal line at the end of the Super Bowl last season. Fortunately, CEO Scott Blackmun said, “unlike the Seahawks, we have not lost the game.”

Paid sick leave vote put on hold

A proposal to require employers to give their workers paid sick leave won’t be considered by city leaders until after they approve city spending for next year – after the November election. City Council President Ben Stuckart said some council members had hoped to vote later this month on a plan that would require businesses to offer their workers one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. That amounts to three days a year for full-time workers.

City Council creates panel to craft paid sick leave legislation

Requiring employers in Spokane to provide workers paid sick leave took another step forward this week. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved the formation of a committee comprising health, labor and business representatives to help craft a paid-leave law.

Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority

Paid sick leave shot to the front of the Spokane City Council’s agenda this year, as council members vowed Tuesday to quickly pass a policy to provide workers the opportunity to earn hours reserved for unplanned emergencies or unforeseen health issues. Councilman Jon Snyder, who has worked for the past year with the Spokane Alliance to craft a citywide paid sick leave policy, called it a “popular, important bipartisan issue.” He said the council would immediately pass a resolution supporting citywide paid sick leave, and promised that a city law enforcing the proposal would be voted on by the council this summer.

Wage, equal-pay, leave bills stalled in Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – Proposals for a $12 minimum wage, mandatory sick leave and a new equal-pay law could be dead in the Washington Legislature. Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said Tuesday he had canceled a meeting at which those bills could have come up for a vote. He called the proposed minimum-wage hike, which would reach $12 in stages by 2019, the wrong policy for a state that essentially has two economies, a boom in the Seattle area but higher unemployment elsewhere.

WaLeg Day 79: No vote on $12 minimum wage

OLYMPIA -- A Senate committee will not vote on the proposed $12 minimum wage, a mandatory sick leave policy or a new equal pay law. Those proposals, which all passed the House, could be dead for the session.

$12 minimum wage bill to have March 30 hearing

OLYMPIA -- The proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $12 over four years is set for a Senate hearing March 30. Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Mike Baumgartner said that bill, along with the sick and safe leave bill, would get a hearing a day before cut-off.

Minimum wage hike, sick leave bills go to House

OLYMPIA – Proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour over four years and require sick leave for most workers passed a key committee Thursday on partisan votes. Over objections from Republicans that it would hurt teenagers looking for their first jobs and put communities near the Idaho border at a disadvantage, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee approved a plan to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour next Jan. 1, $10.50 a year later, $11 a year after that and $12 at the start of 2020.

Dems send $12 wage, paid sick leave to full House

OLYMPIA – Proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour over four years and require sick leave for most workers passed a key committee Thursday on partisan votes.

Paid sick leave policy leads to local thanks

Next time you get a burger at the Lantern Tap House in Spokane’s Perry District, rest assured it didn’t come with a cough. The restaurant has enacted a paid sick leave policy for its 10 kitchen employees, prompting immediate gratitude from its cooks and dishwashers, as well as an upcoming visit from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Statewide minimum wage of $12 debated

OLYMPIA – Raising Washington’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2019 was described Monday as too much for some businesses and not enough for some workers. Representatives of grocery stores, restaurants and farms told the House Labor Committee they would lose customers if they raised their rates or prices to pay higher wages.