Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
After a day-long hearing, a Philadelphia City Council committee hasapproved a bill that forces local businesses to offer workers paid sick leave.
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter outlined some of his priorities for the upcoming year before more than 1,400 business leaders in an address to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
City councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee in 2011 was able to get the full Council’s approval for citywide mandatory earned sick leave, but he failed to get enough votes to override Mayor Nutter’s veto.
“My political roots all began here,” Mitchell recalled for the crowd, “and I think back of it often.”
Students from Walter D. Palmer Learning Leadership Partners Charter School danced the night away.
Nutter extended an olive branch to US Airways, which last month openly questioned the need for a new runway at Philadelphia International Airport.
With Philadelphia’s jobless rate in double digits, a City Council committee has okayed significant changes to the city’s business tax structure — and Mayor Nutter is on board as well.
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.
Even as Philadelphia City Council on Thursday overrode one veto by Mayor Michael Nutter, another veto by the mayor will stand.
The original bill requiring earned sick leave covered all Philadelphia businesses, but now Councilman Bill Greenlee has amended it to exclude small firms.
Legislation that would require Philadelphia companies, large and small, to provide paid sick days is back on the radar screen, and could be voted on, before City Council goes on its summer break. But it’s likely to be amended.
Philadelphia will soon become the latest U.S. city to “ban the box,” prohibiting questions about a person’s criminal record on job applications.
It wasn’t too long ago that going green was something reserved strictly for tree huggers. But today, the sustainability wave is sweeping across the land.
Mayor Nutter talked about jobs, the economy, education, and ethics – among other topics – during his annual address this past week to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.