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Mayor Nutter Vetoes Paid Sick Leave Bill

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has vetoed a bill that would have mandated many businesses in the city give paid sick leave to workers.

Mayor Nutter says the economy factored into his decision.

“I care a great deal about paid sick leave, but I care even more about people getting paid. People need jobs and that’s our number one priority,” Nutter explained.

He says the bill would put Philadelphia at a competitive disadvantage.

“The paid sick leave bill, in our opinion, would put thousands of jobs at risk and discourage businesses from coming to the city of Philadelphia.”

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Mayor Michael Nutter. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Kathy Black, president of the Philadelphia Coalition For Labor Union Women, says the veto is a disappointment.

“He’s a Democrat, he’s supposed to be a mayor of the people, he’s supposed to stand for good jobs, not just any jobs, but jobs that provide living wages and support families. And jobs that don’t have paid sick leave just can’t meet that standard,” Black said.

Marianne Bellesorte, senior director of policy with PathWays, PA, says, “We are very disappointed that the mayor didn’t stand with 71 percent of Philadelphians who are in support of paid sick days.”

Nutter says he supports the idea, but, “This type of legislation that we’re talking about here is truly better suited at either the commonwealth level, so that it has a statewide reach, or even at a national level.”

But Black calls that a cop-out.

“That is the way progressive legislation typically passes in this country, it starts at the grassroots in the smaller venues and then eventually it moves to the states and hopefully the nation.”

Proponents of the paid sick leave bill say this won’t be the last we’ve heard about this issue.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • daniel

    Philadelphia sucks, can’t wait to move out Sick of Nutter, all he cares about is making sure he’s seen on tv or in the paper and that all of you listen to his simpleton voice on radio

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  • sammysamples

    With the work ethic of the younger generation out there I must admit that I’m behind Nutter this time. Most businesses give you some sick days anyway. The businesses that don’t are usually private and will compensate you on their own anyway. Forcing a business to pay for extended sick leaves is something that many small ones simply can’t afford. It would be nice to have a law like this, but I think too many people these days would take advantage of it.

  • Francis Graff

    Ok! Now what are you going to do Bill Greenlee. Can you get enough votes to over ride him. Will you even try? Kevin can’t help you on this one, and I doubt Bill Green will give you his vote again. Meanwhile, thank you for your vote that gave us the one needed to pass a property tax increase. I;m still waiting for you to apologize.

    • Terry

      You talk a big talk behind that computer terminal

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