In June, after years of hard advocacy on behalf of working groups, City Council passed paid sick leave legislation, that’d give employees of companies with 11 or more up to seven days per year; those with ten or fewer employees, four days. That bill was passed by the slimmest of all margins (9-8) and had been modified a reported 19 times to meet the demands of business lobbyists and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, both of whom would have preferred no bill at all.
Then, on June 29, Mayor Nutter took out his veto pen.
About a week later, a rally was held at Independence Mall by the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces as a show of declaring independence from the mayor. Groups say this marked the beginning of a Council override strategy for the fall.
“Now that the veto has happened we will continue to take action throughout the summer to continue to work toward an override,” says Marianne Bellesorte of Pathways PA, a services and advocacy group for women, children and families who participated in the rally.
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