Mayor Bloomberg’s Veto of Paid Sick Days is “Short-Sighted and the City Council Should Make it Short-Lived”
Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 7, 2013 —
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of a bill that would let approximately one million workers in New York City earn paid sick days is short-sighted and the City Council should act quickly to make its effect short-lived. The mayor’s objections are based on outdated, specious arguments advanced by opponents, and he should know better. This legislation will offer welcome, long overdue benefits to the city, working families, businesses, the local economy and the public’s health.
The good news for New Yorkers is that the City Council demonstrated a clear understanding of the need for and benefits of paid sick days standards when it voted 45-3 to approve this common sense proposal last month. This means that it is only a matter of time before this bill becomes law and a fifth city paves the way for the national paid sick days standard
America’s workers and families need."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.