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Paid sick leave campaign closes before it reaches the ballot

Bryce Huffman
Michigan Radio
Millions of hourly Michigan workers don't get paid sick time.

The effort to get paid sick leave for all Michigan workers on the ballot this November is over for now.

Dave Woodward is the Oakland County Commissioner for Berkley and Royal Oak.

He and the Time to Care coalition organized the campaign to get paid sick leave on the ballot, but aren't confident the group would get enough petition signatures in time.

The proposed law would require businesses with ten or more employees to provide one hour of sick time for every thirty hours worked.

Because state legislature says valid signatures must be gathered within 180 days, Woodward feels that it is unlikely that the group can get enough valid signatures.

Woodward says that he and the Time to Care coalition will continue this effort in the future.

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