ALEC Says No Sick Days (or Democracy) for You

November 7, 2013

In the past three years, nine states have added new laws that prohibit local governments from passing paid sick leave ordinances. Seven of these laws were passed in 2013 alone and 14 states introduced such legislation in the past year, Think Progress reports. In every state where local pre-emption bills have passed on paid sick leave, members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) were among the co-sponsors of the legislation.  In most cases, corporate lobby groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business and the National Restaurant Association, have also been heavily involved in passing the laws.  It's bad enough that these groups oppose paid sick days for working families, but they don't even want democratically-elected officials deciding on policies--they want to prevent these policies from even coming up for a vote.

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