More than one million workers in New York City do not have a single paid sick day, including most employees in the food service industry and most low-wage workers. A super-majority of the City Council supports this bill for a good reason: It is good for women, good for workers, good for families, good for businesses, good for the city’s economy, and good for its public health.
There was simply no reason for Speaker Quinn to kowtow to the special interests that are working so hard to block this bill. Their scare tactics are baseless, and their claims have been disproven in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., where paid sick time laws are already in place.
Speaker Quinn’s decision will cost New Yorkers dearly, but it will not stop the momentum for paid sick time laws, which have overwhelming public support. The Speaker has promised to revisit her decision, so we hope this unnecessary delay will be short-lived and that New York City workers will soon have a paid sick time guarantee. It’s past time for lawmakers to stand up to special interests and take a stand for workers.
NOTE: More information on paid sick time is available at www.paidsickdays.org.
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.