Earned Sick Leave
“I’m very disappointed,” said city councilman Bill Greenlee, who tried but failed to get the 12 votes needed to override Mayor Nutter’s veto.
Council’s attempt to override the veto will not come until next week, if at all.
The idea was first debated in 2011, but died after a veto by Mayor Nutter. Now supporters of earned, paid sick leave are trying again.
This bill, approved by a 15-2 vote, applies only to companies that win large contracts with the city. Mayor Nutter vetoed an earlier version.
After he sparred with a representative from the Chamber of Commerce, a City Council committee has approved Councilman Wilson Goode’s scaled-back version that would require paid sick leave only at large firms that have large city government contracts.
Now that Mayor Michael Nutter has sent Philadelphia City Council word for the second time in less than a week that he’s vetoing recent legislation — the latest is a sick-leave bill — some Council members are accusing the mayor of hypocrisy.
Proceeds from that property tax bump — combined with a meter rate increase for street parking and some city surplus funds — will give the school district an extra $53 million.
City Council, the business community, and advocacy groups are all waiting to see what Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter will do about the bill that was passed last week requiring most companies to offer employees earned sick leave.