PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The debate continues in City Council over whether to force local firms to give workers earned sick leave. The proposal was amended Thursday, but not enough to satisfy critics.

The sponsors of the paid sick leave proposal, Councilmen Bill Green and Bill Greenlee, realized they didn’t have enough support to get the plan passed. So they added a so-called “Mom and Pop” amendment, to exempt businesses with five or fewer workers.

Greenlee hopes the change boosts support among his colleagues.

“I think it gets us a lot closer,” he said. “And we’re going to keep working on it, because this is a needed thing for the city of Philadelphia.”

But local businesses continue lobbying against paid sick leave. Joe Mahoney is with the Chamber of Commerce.

“If this was being done on a statewide or national level, so that everyone might be equal, that might be a different story.”

This sets the stage for a possible final vote next week but that is far from certain.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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