Philly Votes, New York Doesn't
March 4th, 2011
With a paid sick leave bill stalled n the New York City Council, a similar measure is wending its way toward possible approval in Philadelphia. Earlier this week, the council’s Committee on Public Health and Human Services voted in favor of a measure that would requires that employees at businesses with 11 or more workers earn up to nine paid sick days a year and those working for a place with 10 or fewer employees get five days. A vote by the full council could come next week.
The arguments for and against the bill echo those here. And in Philadelphia, as in New York, businesses and the city administration oppose the mayor, arguing it would create job loss. Advocates dispute that contention and also maintain that having sick workers on the job poses a health risk — particularly when so many workers without paid sick leave are in the food service business.
But there is one difference between New York and Philadelphia. In Philadelphia the council actually will get to vote on the bill. Here, even though 35 of the 51 City Council have expressed support for the measure, the council has never voted on it.
For that, credit — or blame — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who can effectively kill any measure that does not meet her approval. And that is what she has done with paid sick leave.By Gail Robinson on March 4, 2011, 4:52 pm
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