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07/20/2013

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Speaker Christine Quinn 250 Broadway Suite 1856 New York, New York 10007 Dear Speaker Quinn

, It is long past time for paid sick leave to become the law in New York. We should no longer force parents to choose between holding their jobs and caring for loved ones, especially young children. While paid sick leave would enable fathers to lean in by pitching in during family illness, it will especially be a godsend to single mothers. The bill's sponsors, to their credit, have compromised on substance, yet the concerns of small businesses over complying with this proposals do matter and warrant thoughtful consideration. The underlying concern for small businesses is twofold: the recovery remains uncertain due to dysfunction in Washington tied to Republican intransigence on the Sequester and the lead time required to plan for the implementation of this bill's provisions. Therefore, I have a suggestion to break the impasse. The bill should be modified so that paid sick time goes into effect one year after the bill’s passage. This single modification can have a significant impact – it will at once give small businesses time to plan and enable the recovery to advance. In return for this change, you must finally agree to allow the bill to come up for a vote. If the sponsors delay implementation of the paid sick time for one year, you will have no principled ground upon which to deny a vote on this bill. I ask that you see this issue in its historical context. At every turn, from fire safety in the workplace, to child labor laws, through unemployment insurance, to Social Security, on to the ending of employment discrimination on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation, and now paid sick leave, opposition arose alleging that the cost for social justice would be too high. And the reforms all began here in New York. Meanwhile, at every instance employers adjusted, the economy flourished, and working class families saw their path to the middle class paved, not with good intentions, but with the solid brick of legal protections. I ask that you not use your power to stand against social justice on paid sick leave even one day longer. Parents, especially single women struggling to balance careers and being mothers, have reached the same point President Obama captured so movingly in his State of the Union Message on gun control: They deserve a vote. Sincerely,

William C. Thompson, Jr. Former New York City Comptroller Candidate for Mayor

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