Sick leave sounds great. So, what’s the catch?
No one should be fooled about sick leave.
Backers of the so-called “Healthy Workforce Ordinance” on the October 3 Albuquerque ballot would like you to believe the vast majority of workers in the city are without sick leave and are forced to work when ill. They’ve even had the opportunity to front-load the debate in the city’s official ballot statement.
No one should fall for it.
NFIB research proves them wrong. The vast majority of businesses already offer paid or unpaid time off, and for any reason the employee chooses: sickness, care for a family member, parental duties, personal or family member victim of domestic violence, etc. (see infographic here).
The “Healthy Workforce Ordinance” will do a lot more harm than good.
That’s why NFIB/New Mexico has joined the Albuquerque Coalition For A Healthy Economy. The coalition’s website has the information, audios, and videos to make a strong case against voting for the ordinance. NFIB has almost always confined its lobbying activities to Congress and state legislatures. But the stakes are too high, the potential damage too great, not to get involved in this local initiative.
NFIB is urging its Albuquerque members to mobilize for the defeat of this unhealthy ballot proposal, and to remember the political power you have:
- In a study of the nation’s top influencers, APCO Worldwide listed NFIB “among the best at mobilizing grassroots forces.”
- A study by the Pew Research Center on the negative and positive views people hold on various American institutions found small business ranked first—39 percentage points higher than labor unions, 46 points higher than large corporations, and 49 points higher than banks and financial institutions.
- Voters prefer candidates supported by small business by a margin of 3 to 1 over those supported by organized labor, according to the Winston Group.
- The most common public affairs and political activities in which small employers engage, according to the NFIB Research Foundation, include initiating discussions with employees regarding the impact of a policy issue on the firm.
Early voting starts September 13 and runs through September 29. Click here for early voting locations.