Poll shows Tempe residents overwhelmingly support earned paid sick time

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Tempe, Ariz. – September 16, 2015 – A citywide survey among likely voters in Tempe shows overwhelming support for earned paid sick time. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, found 80% of likely voters support a measure that offers up to 5 days of earned paid sick time annually. Only 16% of voters opposed the measure, a rare feat in today’s political climate.

The survey also found that half of voters would be more likely to cast a vote in favor of a candidate running for Tempe City Council if that candidate supported the earned paid sick time measure. On Thursday, council members will have an opportunity to show their support for this policy by voting to advance a proposed ordinance.

Support for the ordinance is being spearheaded by a local coalition, Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces. The coalition consists of public health organizations, sexual and domestic violence community members, women’s organizations, faith communities, and nonprofit and service providers.

“We are hopeful our city council members will listen to the wishes of their constituents, honor the needs of sexual and domestic violence survivors, and move this ordinance forward,” stated Allie Bones, CEO of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and member of the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces coalition. “With support of this magnitude, it’s clear that Tempe residents see the value in offering earned paid sick time for employees to care for themselves and their families without risk of losing their job or compromising their safety.”

The Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces coalition believes hardworking people and their families should not have to risk grave financial hardship because of a common illness or safety concern and that access to paid sick days should not be reliant on where someone lives or what job they hold.

For a breakdown of this survey, including questions polled, please click on this link.