Group ‘Surrounds’ Philadelphia City Hall With Support For Paid Sick Leave Law

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Community groups pushing for a new law in Philadelphia that would require most businesses in the city to offer paid sick days to workers today urged City Council to move the bill forward.

And they did it in an usual way: by surrounding City Hall with thousands of of orange postcards.

Elizabeth Lassiter, with Action United, was handing out flyers outside City Hall this morning to raise awareness about the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, awaiting action in City Council.

“A quarter-million people here in Philadelphia do not get paid sick days,” she said to a passerby. “That’s because there’s no law that requires these companies to pay their employees paid sick days.”

Lassiter (in center of photo, wearing white t-shirt and hat) and dozens of other activists held up thousands of postcards strung togther, wrapping City Hall.

“We have postcards from every district,” Lassiter said.  “These are the people and voices that say they support the paid sick day bill, that everyone deserves to have paid sick days.”

Critics say it would be too expensive for some small business owners, forcing them out of the city.  Lassiter says the measure would prevent the spread of illness, and she adds that healthy, happy workers workers are more productive.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Frank Graff

    P.S. Don’t go James, stay and make it better.

  • Frank Graff

    The voter’s just nominated Clarke and Greenlee to run for re-election in November. This stupid idea was introduced as a bill strictly to get their names out there. They care less about a sick day for people working, and even less for the damage this bill will cause our economy. Employer’s are going to get out, if a city council starts to actuall have a hands on policy for business. What’s next? I’ll tell you what’s next, a ghost town. We have everyone introducing meaningless bills, and the city doesn’t have money for school children. What’s wrong with your thinking voter’s? We really need to get our priorities in order, because Harrisburg is not going to help, as long as the Republican Party is in full control. I am going to enter the race in november, as an Independent, and I have friend on both sides of the aisle from my 30 years of service while head of Penndot for Philadelphia. I am not a lawyer, abd graduated from one of the best High Schools in town, Roman. My ideas are grass root, as I was raised in the neighborhood lifestyle in Fairmount. Keep listening, and I may start a conflict with elected officials, because they are not happy with my ruffling their feathers.

  • James

    I am in the process of moving my company from the city to the county. This among other government regulations have forced me to move a business that has been in the city for 25 years.

  • John Q. Public, Esq.

    1) Negotiate sick leave benefits before accepting a job. Get it in writing.
    2) If you have a job without sick leave benefits, find a new job with the requisite benefits.
    3) Stop cluttering my legal system with stupid laws.

  • leonargo

    I fully support this but then the CNN article paints the picture that it wouldnt be used… : .

    What is wrong with us???

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