Proposed sick leave ordinance fails in narrow vote

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It turned out to be a close race Tuesday night over the so-called “Healthy Workforce Ordinance.”

The controversial sick leave question has driven voters to the polls, but numbers show the ordinance failed by a narrow margin of less than 1 percent.

It was shaping up to be a very close race with the ordinance going back and forth several times between failing and passing.

Supporters were positive at a watch party Tuesday night, saying this is the culmination of more than a year-and-a-half of work.

If the ordinance had passed, it would have forced all businesses in the city for profit, non-profit, big or small — to let employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

It would also apply to all workers — full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees, too. Opponents have argued this is a job killer and carries too much of a cost for small businesses.

While voters have spoken, political expert Gaberial Sanchez doesn’t think the ordinance is dead quite yet.

“I definitely don’t think this will be the end of it, there will be a large conversation about maybe tweaking what’s already there on the proposition,” said Sanchez.

He also thinks a newly revised version could pop up again soon.

At this time, the group behind the sick leave ordinance couldn’t tell KRQE News 13 if they plan on pushing forward again.

 

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