Paid Sick Leave Initiative Will Help Working Class

Here is an article appearing in the Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook reporting the paid sick leave campaign is gaining momentum nationally in many cities and states.…/paid-sick-leave-campaigns-expa… “ . In a very real sense this is an extension of increasing the minimum wage. The report notes Albuquerque will vote on such a proposal in next year’s municipal election. Albuquerque’s proposed ordinance is a voter petition initiative.

The ordinance if approved by voters will require businesses to pay one hour of mandatory paid sick leave earned after 30 hours of work and 7 days of sick leave a year after of working 40 hours a week for a full year. What the Albuquerque Journal did not report is that a coalition of some 30+ major business organizations including the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Forum, NAIOP, the New Mexico Business Coalition and the New Mexico Restaurant Association have already been formed to raise money to oppose the initiative, not only in Court but in next year’s municipal election. This promises to be a “hot button” issue in next year’s Mayor’s race and City Council races.

The voter petition initiative mandating “paid sick leave” will help the working class who have no rights, who are mostly “minimum wage” or low hourly wage workers and who are overwhelmingly “at will” employees in the private sector. “At will” employees can be terminated without any cause or notice by their employers, they have little or no employment rights, and no real vested rights in their jobs except those allowed by law such as required being paid the minimum wage and federal and state laws governing working conditions, sexual harassment and retaliation.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.