Councilman ready for override if Nutter vetoes Philly sick leave bill

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 Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Greenlee (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Greenlee (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Philadelphia City Council will again take up the issue of paid sick leave for workers at a hearing Tuesday. And, after several go-rounds, the bill’s sponsor isn’t willing the water the legislation down any further.

Mayor Michael Nutter wants any law to apply only to employers with 15 or more workers. Councilman Bill Greenlee’s bill, however, calls for a 10-employee standard, and he’s not budging.

“We’ve already modified it, we’ve gone from five to 10, and we aren’t going any further,” Greenlee said. “Ten has been sort of the max in the bills that have been established around the country over the last couple of years.”

Should the mayor again veto the legislation, Greenlee said he’s ready with reinforcements.

“I will go for the override, and we will override if we have to,” he said, adding that he has at least 12 votes for an override. He said support is building for the bill.

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