Saturday, March 30, 2013

STATEMENTS --RE: Paid Sick Leave Compromise

RE: Paid Sick Leave Compromise
“This compromise is good news, and a victory for Bronxites and everyone across this city and state who fought so hard to see ‘paid sick leave’ become law. No New Yorker should have to choose between their job and caring for a sick child or a family member.

 “The ‘Paid Sick Leave’ legislative compromise will provide economic security and peace of mind for  an estimated one million New Yorkers, who will now have the fundamental right to take a compensated day off when they or a family member is sick without worrying about losing their paycheck, or worse, their job.

“I would like to thank Council Member Gale Brewer for having the courage to introduce this legislation, and I equally commend Council Member Dan Garodnick for putting forward some very reasonable changes to the original legislation. I also want to thank City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for listening on this issue, and the entire City Council for their efforts on behalf of this legislation. I also commend the NYC Paid Sick Days Coalition for their passionate work to provide working families this critical measure of economic security.

“This legislation, while not what was originally proposed, is indeed an important step forward for the workers of this city, and I hope that it would be expanded in the future to include those workers who are not covered under the current compromise legislation,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

City Comptroller John C. Liu issued the following statement on the City Council’s paid sick leave legislation:
“Congratulations to Councilwoman Gale Brewer and all of her colleagues on the City Council who poured their hearts and souls into drafting this important economic and public health legislation. Thanks to their advocacy, many more New Yorkers will soon be able to take care of themselves or a loved one who gets sick without risking their jobs or paychecks. Let’s hope that we can build on this momentum and help New York City become a national leader in creating a progressive workplace — one that offers all workers a living wage, affordable health care, and a secure retirement.”



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