Watch: The Flu is Here, New Yorkers Rally for Paid Sick Days

The flu is here, but over a million working New Yorkers can’t afford to get sick . . . literally.

In the midst of one of the worst flu seasons in years, doctors, nurses, workers without paid sick days, and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall January 18th to call on City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to bring the Paid Sick Time bill to a vote. One worker recounted how he was fired when he missed a day of work because of the flu.  The City Council’s newly elected member, Andy King of the Bronx, announced that he was signing on to the bill, bringing the number of supporters to 37 out of 51 Council Members. But despite that veto-proof majority, and widespread support from 83 percent of New Yorkers polled, the Speaker has still not allowed a vote on the measure.  CSS research shows that over a million New Yorkers—including 62 percent of low-income workers—are without paid sick days. They are forced to work sick or lose the paychecks and jobs they desperately need.

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