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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Jersey City Poised to Establish the Nation's Next Paid Sick Days Law

Tonight, the Jersey City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure to guarantee workers can earn sick days, demonstrating its commitment to the city and its residents – and positioning the city to be the sixth in the nation to establish this fundamental and common sense right.

The proposal now goes to one of its strongest supporters, Mayor Fulop, to be signed into law. When he signs this bill, he will secure the city’s position as a leader for working families, and pave the way for the state standard more than one million New Jerseyites urgently need.

This victory adds to the growing momentum around paid sick days policies in New Jersey, in other cities and states, and at the federal level. Paid sick days campaigns are active from Tacoma, Washington, to our nation’s capital, and support continues to grow.

Every member of the Jersey City Council who voted for this bill, Mayor Fulop who advocated for it, and the coalition of organizations, workers and businesses who stood up for it, should be proud. This bill’s success is terrific news for Jersey City, the state of New Jersey and the country.


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