Democracy Under Attack

Commentary | March 1, 2013 | By Alex Stone | PSARA: The Retiree Advocate

It was a case study for democracy in action. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Days ordinance into law in September 2012, making Seattle the third U.S. city to enact such a standard. The Seattle City Council had voted 8-1 in favor of the measure after deliberating for several months, and receiving thousands of emails, postcards and phone calls in support. A coalition of more than 100 Seattle-based businesses, community organizations, labor unions, and faith groups backed the measure. Now, at the behest of business lobbyists, conservative legislators representing Centralia, Ellensburg, and largely rural parts of Washington are leading the effort to repeal Seattle’s law – and preempt future local paid sick days efforts.

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