Last night, the Plainfield City Council again rejected an ordinance that would have made it possible for Plainfield workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every thirty hours worked. Only a week ago, the Council voted 6-1 in favor of bringing the long-discussed ordinance – first rejected in March – to a vote last night.
Similar ordinances have passed in other cities, including Jersey City, Newark, and Perth Amboy, and a Rutgers study shows that a large majority of New Jerseyans support such measures despite Governor Chris Christie’s opposition. Plainfield would have been the tenth municipality to make such a move, which supporters believe would limit workplace illness and provide the most basic dignity to working families.
The ordinance’s yes votes included Councilors Rebecca Williams, Cory Storch, and Tracey Brown. Councilors Gloria Taylor, Vera Greaves, Diane Toliver, and Bridget Rivers all voted against the measure.
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