Friday, March 29, 2013

NutterWatch: 6 Days to Keep the Rivalry with New York Going For Philadelphians

On March 14, 2013, Philadelphia City Council passed a bill providing the opportunity for most workers in the city of Philadelphia to earn paid sick days. Mayor Michael Nutter has until April 4, 2013, to sign the bill into law or to let it leave his desk unsigned.

Either choice will pave the way for nearly 200,000 workers in Philadelphia to have access to earned sick days for the first time.

Until April 4, or until the Mayor signs the bill, NutterWatch will be here to give you the latest updates and to share the latest stories. To add your name to a petition asking Mayor Nutter to sign the bill, please click here.

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Let me start by saying that all of us in Philadelphia are incredibly proud of the folks in New York City who have finally made earned sick days a reality for their workers. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of compromise, but in 2014, workers in NYC will be able to earn the time they need to care for the families they love.

That being said, there are few rivalries as cherished in Philadelphia as the ones we have with New York. When the Phillies play the Mets, we pack our stadium (and when it is in NYC, we pack theirs). We love to hate the Yankees, the Giants, the Rangers. When we re-signed Cliff Lee, it was incredible - and the signing was made more incredible by the story that he turned down more money from the Yankees to come here.

So are Philadelphians going to let New York City pass an earned sick days bill without Mayor Nutter signing our bill into law? That doesn't sound like the Philadelphia I know and love. If you agree, please take a minute to sign our petition asking Mayor Nutter to make earned sick days a law in Philadelphia.

All kidding aside, congratulations to New York. And Portland, Seattle, Connecticut, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. We can't wait to officially join the list.

In the News

The news today is all about passing earned sick days in New York City. Once again, congratulations to the great advocates, legislators, and workers!

Where in the World is Mayor Nutter?

Mayor Nutter has nothing on his public calendar today. No word on if he plans to celebrate sponsor Bill Greenlee's birthday with him or if he will mark the occasion by signing earned sick days into law!

You can find Mayor Nutter's daily schedule at

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