Paid Sick Leave:
12:29 pm Mar. 19, 2013
The Working Families Organization is running a one-minute radio ad in Spanish urging the public to contact City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to allow a vote on the Paid Sick legislation.
That's been a major issue for one of her leading rivals, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who has repeatedly pressed the speaker on it. Without a major Hispanic mayoral candidate in the Democratic primary, there's an intense competition for appeal to Hispanic voters, which could help determine who gets the party's nomination.
The fight over the Paid Sick Day bill is also becoming a proxy fight for labor and de Blasio against Quinn.
The ad also comes one day after the Community Service Society released a study detailing the impact that not having a law requiring paid sick leave has had on Hispanic residents in New York City.
The report was released at a City Hall press conference yesterday attended by State Senators Adriano Espaillat, Jose Peralta, Gustavo Rivera, Council members Melissa Mark-Vivertio, Ydanis Rodriguez, Julissa Ferreras, Rosie Mendez, Bronx Borough President Ruben Daiz Jr. and others.
The narrator in the ad describes a mother who is sick but can't take time off from work for fear of losing a day's wages and not being able to pay her rent. "Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker has the power to change this terrible reality," the ad says. "But for three years, Quinn has been blocking a bill paid sick days. Tell Quinn to put this proposal to a vote immediately."
Here's a copy of the ad.
I was provided witha copy of the script, in Spanish. Below is (rough) translation.
Imagine you wake up sick with a terrible headache.
Although you need to stay in bed, you can't.
If you go to work, you don't get paid ... and can't pay the rent.
So you prepare your kids, take a painkiller, grit your teeth and go.
At work you almost can't concentrate.
Your child's school calls. They say she's sick. Like you, but worse.
You have to go check. But if you miss work, you're fired.
Unfortunately, this is not imaginary. There are a million [Hispanic New Yorkers working without] paid sick days. And Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker has the power to change this terrible reality. But for three years, Quinn has been blocking a paid sick days bill. Tell Quinn to put this proposal to a vote immediately.
Call Christine Quinn at 212 788-7210.
Paid for by Working Families Organization