Councilmember pitches Seattle paid family and medical leave

Seattle Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez says it’s time for paid family and medical leave. She’s made a bold suggestion: Either the State does it, or the City will.

“It’s fundamentally unjust to say that you can take time off, but we’re not willing to pay you to take care of a basic human need that we all have,” said the councilmember, who also showed data claiming nearly half the city does not receive full paid leave.

The proposal is not formal but comes just a day before Gonzalez and other Seattle councilmembers visit Olympia to lobby on the City’s behalf. Gonzalez suggested, depending on those conversations, she may pursue legislation this year.

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