NYC deal is key in sick days push, advocates say

March 29, 2013 • Business

FILE – In this Wednesday, May 9, 2012 file photo, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn laughs during a news conference at City Hall in New York. Quinn on Thursday, March 28, 2013, announced a deal between New York City legislators, labor advocates and business leaders on the hotly contested issue of paid sick leave. She says it will require businesses with 20 or more employees to provide five paid sick days to their workers beginning April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of workers in New York City are poised to get paid sick days in what may prove a pivotal moment in a national debate over whether businesses should be required to provide them.

After reaching a deal that could affect about 1 million workers in settings ranging from restaurants to construction sites, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, union leaders and business groups lauded it Friday as a plan that met both workers’ needs and employers’ concerns. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it bad for business and vowed a veto, which the council is expected to override.

While New York’s measure isn’t the first or farthest-reaching, worker advocates say it could be a turning point because of its sweep and stature.

“It’s a real step forward for our country because of the significance of New York City, the number of workers this supports and the fact that this creates momentum around the country,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, one of the groups pushing the paid sick time cause Login to read more

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