This is a great day for New York, because expanding paid sick leave makes for a healthier city. Since laws are only effective if those they govern understand their rights and responsibilities, I look forward to an active role in educating both workers and employers. A successful roll-out will require broad community outreach to implement the best practices that have worked in cities that have already enacted paid sick leave.
I’m both humbled and proud that the years of work put in by countless workers and activists– hundreds of conference calls, press conferences & rallies, along with meetings with thousands of parents, employees, health care workers, unions, advocacy groups, non-profits, and businesses large and small– brought us to today’s expansion.
Thanks are due to Mayor de Blasio, Council Speaker Viverito, and the City Council for making New York City a healthier place for all.