City Council Fails To Resurrect Mandatory Sick Leave Measure
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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