Paid sick-leave mandate on Denver ballot riles small businesses
Mark Wolf / Solutions
The sun is barely up and the Friday workday is yawning, but inside Snooze Eatery, the activity level belies the name on the door.
Every table and booth in the front room of the breakfast/lunch restaurant at Park Avenue and Larimer Street is occupied. A work crew in coveralls spreads across three tables, three guys in shirts and ties are in another. The wait staff efficiently navigates the space, taking and filling breakfast orders. Here the blueberry pancakes, there the three-egg omelet, everywhere the coffee from Guatemala.
On the front window, the most prominent sign urges: “No on 300. The wrong solution at the worst possible time.”
Restaurants such as Snooze have become a focal point in the battle over Initiative 300 which would require employers in Denver to provide workers with nine paid sick leave days annually. Businesses employing 10 or fewer workers would have to offer five sick days.
Campaign for a Healthy Denver, whose members include health organizations, businesses, community organizations and health groups, leads the effort to pass the bill. The opposition is organized through Keep Denver Competitive, whose roster of supporters includes restaurant owners and business groups. …see full story