Sick leave ordinance expected to be hot topic on Tuesday’s ballot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – On Tuesday, voters will get to weigh in on a massive proposal that would require Albuquerque employers offer paid sick leave.

The sick leave ordinance is one of the most controversial items on the ballot and it’s sparking big-time debate.

Healthy Workforce ABQ is the organization behind it. They believe the ordinance will help working families. Against it is ACHE, or Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy. They say it will hurt small businesses.

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The proposed ordinance states that people who work at least 56 hours a year, either full-time, part-time or temporary will get an hour of sick leave per 30 hours worked.

For businesses with less than 40 employees, a worker can use up to five days of accrued sick leave a year, while larger businesses can use up to seven days.

KRQE Political Analyst Gabe Sanchez says he is worried that some may skip over this question, because the ordinance is so lengthy.

“One of the big questions have been with a full-length ballot how many voters will vote on the mayoral side but skip the sick leave ordinance because it’s either too complicated, it’s too lengthy, they may just want to move on with their day,” said Sanchez.

The ordinance is seven pages condensed into the back of the ballot. For more election information, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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