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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

City Council adopts earned sick leave ordinance


In Boston, Roman Catholic bishops joined supporters
of a successful statewide paid sick leave initiative.

Plainfield City Council finally adopted the long-discussed earned sick leave ordinance at Monday's business meeting.

After yet another lengthy round of public comment from those for and against the ordinance, the vote finally went down 5-1-1, with Councilors Brown, Goode, Rivers, Storch and Williams in favor. Councilor Taylor voted "no" and Councilor Toliver abstained.

This certainly was a messy process, with both sides claiming the other cherry-picked their surveys or interviews to skew the results.

After the process was set up based on Councilor Taylor's recommendation that the business community and the Working Families group, along with some Council members, work out the details, the Working Families group complained that the business community made an end run by forwarding a separate proposal of its own to the Council for consideration.

In the event, the Council ignored that approach, leaving the proposal that Working Families believed had been hammered out through compromises as the only one being considered.

Plainfield now joins 11 other New Jersey communities which have adopted an earned sick leave ordinance -- though there are local variations. Next up is Princeton, where the Council has set up a committee of three to deliberate introduction of an ordinance.


In Trenton a statewide bill has passed the Senate but is stalled in the Assembly by Speaker Prieto's refusal to allow a vote.

The rest of the Council's business agenda was passed on unanimous votes, except for the appointment of Robin Bright, upon Mayor Mapp's nomination, as a commissioner of the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA). The vote on her nomination was 4-1-2, with Councilors Goode, Rivers, Williams and Storch in the affirmative, Councilor Taylor voting "no", and Councilors Brown and Toliver abstaining.



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