NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A bill that would require paid sick leave be provided for anyone who works in New York City is set to be vetoed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

The mayor called the bill, “a terrible terrible idea and would be disastrous for New York City.”

He pointed out city businesses accounted for 10 percent of all private sector jobs created this year.

“If you want to lose those jobs and lots of others, you start letting the government run small businesses,” said Bloomberg in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The bill would require large businesses to provide employees 9 paid sick days a year and small businesses would be required to provide 5 days. 

Advocates say it’s a basic worker right that increases productivity.

Comments (6)
  1. ProSmallBusiness says:

    What a horrible bill. Small Business is running out of NY and NYC as fast as they can, this terrible bill will only speed it out. Finally a politician that gets it. People are feed up with Goverment trying to run every aspect of their lives and business.

    1. Sal says:

      Spoken like a true boss who is bewildered that he can’t get employee loyalty.
      If you’re not concerned about the welfare of your employees, I’m sure you’re not much on customer satisfaction either.

  2. CinemaPete says:

    This mayor should have been driven out of town on a rail long ago. He is totally unsympathetic to middle-class and working people. And although I am a New Yorker I have zero sympathy for anyone that complains because he was voted in not once but twice since his first term in office. There is an apathetic citizenry in NYC and it’s gotten what it deserves.

  3. rod says:

    Bloomberg shows graphically that wealthy oligarchs do not work for most Americans. Whenever he wants to be reelected, he pretends to be a man of the people. But he is a man of his money bags and nothing more. The rich rule for the benefit of the rich and no one else.

  4. come on in says:

    once againg the people with all the money want to keep it for themselves for unemployment facts also 2011 new tax proposals and alot more. dont miss out.its free knowledge

  5. Sal says:

    Bloomberg is out of touch with the working class.
    Without this bill, workers who are struggling to get by will drag themselves to work and endanger their health so as to not lose a day’s pay – AND risk the health of their co-workers.
    But that’s Mike, always thinking like the boss instead of having the workers’ best interests at heart.

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