New York City is on track to order thousands of companies to give paid time off for sick employees, despite the best efforts of business leaders and City Council speaker/mayoral hopeful Christine C. Quinn. The agreement isn't perfect, but it'll allow around one million workers to earn paid time off to recover from illness or care for family members without losing money or their jobs. That's huge.
Quinn was responsible for blocking action on the sick-leave legislation for three years; she said it would hurt the city's economy. But unions, elected officials, and activists including one-time supporter Gloria Steinem and the Working Families Party relentlessly pressured her until she caved. From the New York Times: