Philadelphia scaling back mandatory sick days bill

Connecticut looks like it will be the first state to require employers to offer paid sick days. Those pushing similar legislation in Philadelphia sent their message in a unique way.

City Hall was encircled with a chain of orange postcards signed by supporters of the mandatory sick leave bill. Rebecca Foley of Womens’ Way said they are trying to send a message.

“That the city of Philadelphia and citizens in Philadelphia are really supportive of this bill and this is a demonstration to show the strong support for this,” said Foley.

Councilman Bill Greenlee is co-sponsor of the bill. He said they are trying to help people.

“Some of the best legislation that has ever been passed is fixing unfairness and that’s what we are trying to do here and I believe the cost is totally overstated.”

As a concession to business owners, the bill now requires seven sick days a year for full-time employees, down from nine.

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