Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Fight Will Continue for Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Hall 2Today Philadelphia City Council decided not to hold a vote on whether to override Mayor Nutter's veto of the paid sick days bill because we simply did not have the necessary 12 votes. It was the last opportunity for a veto override.

Despite the decision not to hold a vote, Councilman Greenlee and Councilman Clarke both made remarks to Council Session and sent a letter to Council showing their support for paid sick days. Both members spoke of the importance of the bill for the health and well-being of Philadelphia's workers. Councilman Greenlee committed to reintroducing the bill next year.

We would like to thank all of you for supporting paid sick days and the Coalition. We look for to your continued support as we will not give up the fight for paid sick days in Philadelphia.

In the meantime, we will also be supporting Councilman Goode's Living Wage bill which will give those who work for and with the city the opportunity to earn paid sick days. Please stay tuned as we will be sharing information about this bill and of course asking for your help in supporting it. More information about supporting the full paid sick days bill will also be coming soon.

2 comments:

  1. I don't understand how in one day they failed to do this, but a unanimous vote to keep the DROP program intact happened. I am glad there are council members like Greenlee and Clarke who will fight for this, but I am very disappointed in their priorities. It seems they are far more concerned about their own exorbitant benefits than basic ones for their constituents.

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