With Mayor’s Backing, Labor Advocates Push For Mandatory Paid Sick Leave In Portland (September 1, 2017)
By: Randy Billings, Portland Press Herald
Labor activists are pushing for a city ordinance that would require all Portland employers to provide paid sick leave. The idea has the support of Mayor Ethan Strimling, who plans to introduce the proposal to the City Council. If adopted, Portland would become the first community in Maine to establish such a requirement. A similar proposal was recently shot down by the Legislature amid opposition from business groups.
The Southern Maine Workers’ Center announced Friday morning that the group, along with the Maine Women’s Lobby, plans to hold a march and rally on Monday – Labor Day – to announce their proposal and kick off their campaign. The group said the proposed ordinance would apply to all Portland businesses and would be presented to the City Council on Sept. 18.