City right to nix paid Sick Leave bill
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The Queens Chamber of Commerce fully supports New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s decision to oppose the Paid Sick Leave bill at this juncture.

Her opposition to the bill is evidence that she recognizes the negative impact this would have on the employers who create and retain the jobs necessary for economic recovery. Speaker Quinn weighed all sides and did not rush into a decision on a bill that has such a significant impact on the city's economy.

The Queens Chamber would also like to thank the mayor for recognizing the struggles of small

business during the greatest recession since the great depression. Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the bill would be disastrous for small businesses and vowed to veto it.

This is a significant victory for the Queens Chamber and our membership.

It shows, once again, that the chamber is a force to be reckoned with as an advocate for legislative policy. Our members look to us for leadership and we have again prevailed in protecting our businesses from those who have no idea how difficult it is to operate a business in New York City.

The chamber has spent a tremendous amount of time meeting with the speaker, the bill’s sponsor and other council members letting them know that this is the wrong bill, with the wrong approach at the

wrong time.

If the council wants to move forward, then they should reconsider the implications of such a bill and instead create legislation that protects worker’ s rights and truly deals with the stated intentions of this legislation.

While the chamber fully recognizes the good intentions of this bill the reality is there is an unintended consequence that would ultimately hurt the workers it purports to help. The business community has made it clear we support the right of workers to take time off for legitimate illness without fearing job loss.

The bill would have slowed job growth, interfered with employer-employee relations and stuck businesses with a significant cost during the worst economic period in generations.

Having government micro-manage the way independent businesses are run flies in the face of everything that allows the creativity of entrepreneurship to thrive in this city.

Sincerely,

Carol Conslato

President,

Jack Friedman

Executive Director

Queens Chamber of Commerce
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