Paid Leave Ordinance Fails In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA—A proposed city ordinance requiring firms to give paid sick leave to almost all private-sector workers in Philadelphia failed on April 11 when the city council could not muster enough votes to override Mayor Michael Nutter’s veto.

The week before, Nutter vetoed the ordinance for the second time in three years. He argued it would make Philly businesses uncompetitive, an argument that Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), rejects. Her organization lobbies for such laws at local levels and in Congress.

“More than 100,000 Philadelphians will continue to face impossible choices when illness strikes. For the second time, the city’s residents have been denied the ability to earn paid sick days. The city and the families who live there will suffer as a result,” Ness said after the council couldn’t muster enough votes to override Nutter.

“Nutter let the city down when he chose to side with the special-interest business lobby for a second time. But the effort to give workers the right to earn paid sick days will not end here…The fight for paid sick days, in Philadelphia and across the country, is far from over.”