SEATTLE – As Washington kids head back to school, educators, parents and children’s health experts gathered on Thursday to announce their support for the Yes on 1433
campaign, which would allow more than 1 million Washington workers to earn paid sick leave. According the the group, when parents don’t have access to paid sick leave it impacts the health and educational outcomes of children.
Initiative 1433, which will appear on the November ballot, would also raise the minimum wage to $13.50 over four years and has received key endorsements from the Children’s Alliance, the Washington Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers - Washington and Equity in Education Coalition.
"Initiative 1433 is good for Washington’s kids. Good jobs allow parents to look after a child when he or she is too sick for school. No parent should have to choose between a day’s pay and the needs of a sick child,” said Paola Maranan, executive director for the Children’s Alliance.