Should government require private businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employers? That question has been debated for more than a year in Tacoma. But now, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has put a proposal on the table that may come up for a vote by the city council.

On this edition of Northwest Now, we update the latest proposal, and revisit the conversation we had about paid sick leave in late 2013. “We have people in our community who work hard and pay their taxes and they enjoy this city as much as I do,” said Tacoma City Councilman Anders Ibsen. “But there’s a serious problem for a large percentage of them, consistent with national trends, about 40% of the people who work for a living here don’t have any options for earned time off despite working very hard.”

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program which you can see every Friday at 7:30 p.m. right here on KBTC.  Below is a list that shows where you can find us on TV.  You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website.


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3

Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28

Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)