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San Diego to Put Paid Sick Days on November Ballot

March 18, 2014

Four City Councilmembers have come forward in San Diego saying they want to put a measure on their November ballot to raise the city’s minimum wage, and to give five sick days per year to employees.

At a rally in support of the measure, City Councilmember Myrtle Cole stated “Making the changes that we are recommending will boost our local economy and it will improve the quality of life for people.”

In a memo to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other council members, they said their goal was to place a measure before voters that:

— provides a “meaningful” but unspecified increase in the minimum wage for all people working in San Diego
— ties the pay rate to a cost-of-living index that would be updated annually
— allows a phase-in period that gives more time for small businesses and nonprofits to raise pay
— gives five days of earned sick leave for all employees, regardless of industry or business type

In order for the issue to be put on the ballot, it must first be approved by the City Council in August.

Read more at ABC 10 news.

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