Eugene City Council Gets An Earful Of Comments On Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance

Jul 22, 2014

An overwhelming number of people attended the Eugene City Council's public comment hearing Monday night. Citizens packed Harris Hall to voice their concerns, support, or opposition to the proposed sick leave ordinance.

About 60 people commented on the proposed sick leave ordinance. Lindy Moore heads the Emerald Executive Association and opposes the ordinance.

Most of the supporters included minorities, women, and labor advocates. The majority of the opposition came from business owners and commerce representatives.
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Moore: "These business owners are decent, hard-working people trying to make a living here in Eugene. The businesses they own or work in are small to medium size. They are not corporate fat cats ignoring the needs of their employees. They do genuinely care for them and care deeply."

Ken Newback spoke on behalf of the Human Rights Commission in support. He said approval of the measure would benefit minorities and women in low wage jobs.

Newback: "Including women who are pregnant or who have children. Article 25 of the universal declaration addresses the human right to an adequate standard of living noting that quote motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. The paid sick leave police would be supportive of this human right."

The Eugene City Council
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There was an even number of people supporting and opposing the ordinance. After more than two hours of public comment, the council agreed they need more time before they make a decision.

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