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New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's continuing refusal to bring a paid sick leave proposal to a council vote continues to draw attention, with Chris Hayes covering it, as well as a New York Times editorial concluding:
Ms. Quinn continues to stall on the issue, saying that she is willing to keep discussing the idea. But she insists that a change would be harmful to businesses in the current economy, even though there is little evidence that sick-leave requirements have hurt job markets. The bill is scheduled for a hearing next month. If it passes muster at the Civil Service and Labor Committee as expected, Ms. Quinn should allow a vote.
Local members of Congress are also urging a vote.

And more:

  • Let's say you have a doctor's note saying you can only work part-time for a while, but your boss says it's full-time or nothing. What are your rights?
  • Hostess workers are getting TAA benefits. The Heritage Foundation is not pleased.
  • Does school reform perpetuate inequity?
  • Weight Watchers is paying big bucks to its celebrity spokespeople, but its rank-and-file workers, not so much. Steven Greenhouse reports:
    Employees — many of them leaders like Ms. Williams who run meetings — have inundated an internal company Web site with complaints about poor wages and being pressured to work many hours unpaid.

    Some leaders say that the $18 base rate for running meetings has not increased in more than a decade, and many complain that they receive no mileage reimbursement for the first 40 miles driven each day. Some also assert that a major reason Weight Watchers keeps its pay so paltry is that the overwhelming majority of its employees are women.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 03:00 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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