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City Council Fails To Resurrect Mandatory Sick Leave Measure

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Even as Philadelphia City Council today overrode one veto by Mayor Michael Nutter today (see related story), another veto by the mayor will stand.

Nutter had rejected a bill that would require businesses in Philadelphia to offer earned sick leave (see related story).  The mayor had argued that it could prove too costly to some companies.

And now the sponsor of the measure, councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee, has let the bill die because he did not have the 12 votes needed for an override.
Rob Wonderling, CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, which opposed the bill, is relieved.
“We just don’t believe that it puts Philadelphia in a competitive position during a significant economic downturn,” he told KYW Newsradio today.
But Marianne Bellesorte of Pathways, a leading advocate for paid sick leave (see related story), vowed to fight on.
“This bill is coming back, and we are looking forward to having a healthier Philadelphia in the next year,” she said.
Another sponsor, Councilman Darrell Clarke, agreed:  “It’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of when.”


Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • kate

    city council should stay out of the private sector business– forcing a company to pay sick leave to employees is a guarantee that companies will flee the city thus reducing the tax $$ the city receives. and yes workers do take advanatage of benefit days. and on another note i see city council has pushed the drop program once again resulting in their own “fill my pockets” greed. the drop program was intended only for the worker not our high and mightly city council.

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