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Case Study: Seattle’s Paid Sick Days Campaign

December 1, 2015

In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to adopt paid sick days legislation for 43 million workers. Across the country, cities are leading the movement for paid sick days. In 2011, Seattle became one of the first cities to pass a strong paid sick and safe days ordinance.

A strong coalition of grassroots leaders, workers, businesses, and policy makers organized for the successful passage of Seattle’s paid sick days bill. Movement leaders leveraged research, media advocacy, and education to win, including meeting with the opposition to hear and address their concerns.

Seattle’s grassroots paid sick days movement is a model for grassroots leaders working across public health and civil rights issues, including workers’ health and safety. See our interactive timeline to learn more.