The activists at The Campaign For A Healthy Denver are at it again. The advocate group, in favor of paid sick leave in Denver, are organizing a protest at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches on 16th Street Mall at 12 p.m. today.
In the group’s announcement of the protest, they claim that dozens of protesters will pass out flyers, wear infections disease masks and hold signs with slogans reading “Which sickness would you like with that sub” and “No snot in my sandwich, please.”
The advocacy group is targeting Jimmy John’s because it claims that it, as well as other restaurants, don’t provide paid sick leave days for their employees. A representative from Jimmy John’s did not immediately return a call requesting more information on the group’s claim.
Campaign for a Healthy Denver, a coalition of more than 50 community organizations, labor groups, faith leaders, elected officials and more that are seeking a ballot initiative to protect public health by guaranteeing a basic standard of paid sick days for all employees in Denver workplaces of all sizes.
In early July, The Campaign for a Healthy Denver submitted a petition with over three times the amount of needed signatures to Denver's Election Division with hopes of qualifying for a ballot initiative for November, The Huffington Post reported.
The Denver Post reports that ballot initiative would mandate companies with fewer than 10 employees would have to offer five days of sick leave whereas larger employers would have to offer nine sick days.
Cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. have already enacted paid sick leave laws and Connecticut became the first state to adopt paid sick leave into law.
The protest will take place at Jimmy John’s on 110 16th, between Cleveland Pl. and Broadway during the lunch rush.