Finally after being introduced almost five years prior, the City of Pittsburgh Paid Sick Day Act went into effect on March 15, 2020. This meant that workers who work for businesses within Pittsburgh city-limits were now eligible to acquire paid sick time. As much of a victory as this was for many, there are still workers who call themselves Pittsburghers who live and work in the Pittsburgh region and still do not have access to paid sick days.

On Tuesday April 21, 2020, Allegheny County Council considered a proposal to grant three to five paid sick days a year to most people who work in the county full-time. Now is the time for restaurant industry workers in Allegheny County to make their voices heard and ensure that County Council gives us a bill that considers our needs!

WHAT ARE WE ASKING FOR?

RAISE THE CAP

Amend the legislation to raise the cap on the accrual of paid leave.

During the COVID-19 crisis, it was recommended that those who contracted the virus take 14 days to self-isolate or quarantine. This is at odds with the current 3-5 in the current bill.

COMPENSATION FOR TIPPED WORKERS

Add language that sets the compensation rate for tipped workers to the minimum wage plus an average of their tips over a given period of time.

Many tipped workers make well over the minimum wage and they should be compensated for sick leave at a rate closer to their actual wage.

FRONT LOADED PAID TIME OFF

Amend the legislation to require businesses to front load sick time.

During a public health crisis like this, workers can’t wait to accrue paid sick leave to access their benefits.

PAID SAFE LEAVE

Add language in this legislation which also creates a county-wide program for Paid Safe Leave.

This would give survivors and their immediate family members the time to heal and attend to their needs.

WHEN IS THE NEXT COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING?

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The next Allegheny County Council Meeting is scheduled for:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 5:00 PM

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council discourages the public from attending Regular Meetings of Council until further notice. 

 
THE PUBLIC CAN STREAM THE MEETING HERE.
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WHERE CAN I SUBMIT A PUBLIC COMMENT?