Council Speaker Shelves a Sick-Leave Bill

October 15, 2010  |  

(NYT) — Against the wishes of a veto-proof majority in the City Council, the Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, effectively shelved a much-debated bill that would have required all employers in the city to provide paid sick days to their workers.  Ms. Quinn said Thursday that she could not support the measure because she feared that it “threatens the survival of small-business owners.” But her decision to side with the business interests that had lobbied aggressively against the bill drew immediate charges that Ms. Quinn had undermined her progressive roots to enhance her prospects of being elected mayor in 2013.

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