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The Latest: Paid sick leave proposal fails in Albuquerque

Oct 4, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Unofficial returns show that Albuquerque voters have narrowly rejected a proposal that would have required employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. The measure was defeated Tuesday by around 700 votes out of about 91,000. The proposed Healthy Workforce Ordinance would have required employers in Albuquerque, regardless of size, to provide paid sick time off for their employees. It would apply to full-time, part-time and temporary workers at any business or nonprofit with a physical presence in Albuquerque. Tuesday's election caps a 17-month debate that began when supporters launched a petition drive on Mother's Day last year. But it drew opposition from some businesses in the days leading up to the election.