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Sick leave ordinance opponents, supporters appeal to voters

Eddie Garcia
September 19, 2017 06:47 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A video on TLC Plumbing's Twitter account features owner Dale Armstrong, who gets right to the point. He wants voters to say no to the proposed sick leave ordinance.

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The 30-second video says voting against the ordinance will help workers and local business.

"Are you a hard working person? If so, this ordinance will hurt you," Armstrong said.

KOB caught up with Armstrong, who said he already gives his workers a flexible sick leave package. He believes the ordinance would complicate things.

"If this ordinance passes, we have to completely rebuild our benefits program, our PTO goes away - it just puts it a lot more restrictive," Armstrong said Tuesday.

On the other side of the issue, Adriann Barboa, the field director at Strong Families New Mexico, said the proposed ordinance is a good idea for both employees and employers. She says vote "yes."

"It means that workers don't have to go to work sick, possibly getting the rest of us sick. It means that businesses get to retain their workers, there's less turnover," Barboa said.

Barboa said the ordinance would bring the sick leave benefits that most full-time workers enjoy - to part-time workers.

"When they're managing tight budgets, trying to make it from paycheck to paycheck they can't afford to take a day off and they often go to work sick. This would allow them to earn that time off," Barboa said.

Either way, both sides are passionate about their stance on what's best for workers and business in Albuquerque. Click here to read the ordinance in full.

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