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Voters narrowly reject proposed sick leave ordinance

J.R. Oppenheim
October 04, 2017 05:50 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The campaign over a proposed sick leave ordinance drew heated debate throughout this year's Albuquerque municipal election, but the votes finished incredibly close.

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Unofficial returns showed 46,051 voters decided against the ordinance while 45,333 voted for it.

If it had passed, the ordinance would have required employers to give full-time and part-time workers paid sick leave, and it would have prohibited employers from taking disciplinary action against employees who called in sick to work within 90 days.

The ordinance would also have required employers to cover payment for doctor's visits should they ask for a note from their employees.

The initiative became a hot-button issue in this municipal election.

"They've been tricking people from the very beginning to sign this ordinance, and using an emotional factor," ordinance opponent Gerges Scott said. "We're not against sick leave. We're against the language."

Scott issued a statement on behalf of the The Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy , a group that oppossed the measure:

"The Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy wishes to thank the Albuquerque voters for defeating the proposed ordinance and recognizing that the language drafted by out-of-state special interest groups would cause harm to our local economy. ACHE was never against sick leave.  We campaigned very hard to educate voters that Albuquerque can do a better job to protect our workers and small businesses. We hope the group who pushed for this anti-jobs measure will listen to the voters and stop trying to burden our city with extreme regulations."

"I think everyone who's been involved in this has put forth an incredible effort, and I'm just really proud to be associated with all the folks who've worked really hard to get this on the ballot," said Tim Davis with Healthy Workforce ABQ.

 

Stay with KOB.com as this story develops.

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