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October 7, 2010
The case against a proposed law requiring paid sick days in New York City is falling apart. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn should change her current course, embrace the bill as her own, and move forward aggressively before further delays and equivocation cost her politically. Far from bolstering the case against the bill, a survey by business groups released last week contradicts testimony they provided before the City Council just a few months ago and casts the case of the opposition in doubt. Speaker Quinn is using an inordinate amount of political capital to delay a vote on paid sick...
August 26, 2010
Council Speaker Quinn’s measured approach to paid sick days is wearing thin to the point of transparency, and it may well cost her politically. By holding up a vote until opponents of the bill can produce a piece of unsound research, Quinn is showing too much concern for the sentiments of a constituency that doesn’t have a leg to stand on in the debate: the city’s powerful and well-heeled business groups, such as the Partnership for New York City and the five boroughs’ Chambers of Commerce. Speaker Quinn should be careful about going out of her way not to offend those interests on this issue...
July 29, 2010
As we look forward to 2011, paid sick days campaigns in the states are reaching critical mass: since President Obama was elected, a majority of states have taken up the issue, with twenty-three legislatures introducing bills, and city campaigns moving in three other states. Several more states will introduce paid sick days bills in 2011, and the broader movement for work-family balance has even more steam when you count states that are advancing other family-friendly labor standards, such as paid family leave. We are now at a tipping point where we can change the national debate on paid sick...