Will New York City Mayoral Front-Runner Kill Paid Sick Leave Again?
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Cantor says in 2010 “some disinformation” and “preposterously stupid” opposition arguments “got currency because they had some money behind them…We need to do a better job on that.”
Quinn recently threw her support behind a compromise measure on a living-wage law covering some city-subsidized businesses, a cause that also had drawn a strong labor-backed coalition. Asked whether that compromise will provide cover for Quinn and others to continue opposing paid sick leave, Valdez says that while “the living wage was an important victory…the scale is totally different”: thousands of employees affected, in contrast to hundreds of thousands under paid sick leave.
City Council is expected to debate and finalize a city budget in late spring or early summer. The coalition expects a showdown on paid sick leave to either precede or follow the budget process. Its immediate demand is for debate in the Council on the measure; such debate would not guarantee an up-or-down vote.
“If we lived in a normal capitalist country, this would be a non-discussion,” says Cantor. “But in the United States, there’s a culture of hyper-profit above all else among some in the business class, and so that makes even a modest advance into a titanic struggle. So that’s what we’ll have.”