Sick days veto override on life support

Today is the final chance for City Council to override Mayor Michael Nutter’s veto of a bill demanding paid sick time for private-sector employees.  An override vote might not even happen. 

Councilman Bill Greenlee is disappointed Mayor Michael Nutter has vetoed the legislation twice even though he has supported other health initiatives such as a proposed tax on soda and sugary drinks.

“I think it was hypocritical,” said Greenlee. “I think many people including the administration have had a closed mind on this from the beginning, have not been willing to have discussions. I’ve been willing to have discussions with everybody. I’ve been yelled at screamed at been called a socialist and everything I’ve gotten through it and have always listened to people.”

Councilman Dennis O’Brien has been rumored to be a possible swing vote and has been lobbied hard on the issue. He says he’s still a “no” vote.

“I have always fought hard for the most vulnerable but I believe this issue, the definitions are broad and the perception is that this isn’t the time I think this is an issue that should be considered at another point,” said O’Brien.

Councilman Greenlee says at this point he’s still trying to find a 12th vote for the override.

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