UPDATE: Speaker Quinn Won’t Move on NYC Paid Sick Time Act

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s decision to oppose the New York City Paid Sick Time Act — despite a supermajority in the City Council that is in favor of the bill — is incredibly disappointing.

Bowing to scare tactics and despite evidence to the contrary, Quinn’s decision is a costly one for more than one million workers in New York City who do not have a single paid sick day, including most employees in the food service industry and most low-wage workers. Workers without paid sick days are forced to put their jobs and economic security at risk every time they need to take time off to recover from illness or care for a sick family member.

The Paid Sick Time Act would address this problem, and the bill’s lead sponsor Councilwoman Gale Brewer pledges to continue the fight.

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1 Responses to “UPDATE: Speaker Quinn Won’t Move on NYC Paid Sick Time Act”

  • This is ridiculous. Does Speaker Quinn have children? For a working mother with no sick time I am often torn between caring for my child and my job. Thankfully my husband works in the medical field and they offer unlimited sick time. Unfortunately he has to be the one though to take off every time our child is sick and that does not send a positive message to his employer. I on the other hand am forced to go to work when I am seriously sick. Just this past year alone I threw up in my garbage pail with a stomach virus and exposed my entire workplace to pink eye. If I had sick time to use I would have just stayed home. Last year, I could not even take days to be with my dying Father because I had to make sure I had days to take off in case my son got sick. I am currently awaiting the arrival of my second child and I already stress the baby getting sick and not having enough days between my husband and I to care properly for our two children. Something has to be done!

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