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Chirlane McCray, Jumaane Williams to rally for paid vacation law as NYC businesses push back


New York City's First Lady Chirlane McCray, center, is pictured with Jumaane Williams, left, after Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his State of the City speech at Baruch College on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 in New York, N.Y. (James Keivom/New York Daily News)

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Public Advocate Jumaane Wililams and groups including 32BJ SEIU are rallying Monday for a bill to make two weeks’ paid vacation mandatory for city workers.

They’re calling on the City Council to pass a law that would require every employer with five or more workers or with at least one domestic worker to provide 10 days of paid time off a year.


Williams first introduced legislation mandating paid vacation as a councilman in 2014, with de Blasio taking up the cause earlier this year.

Hizzoner has made it one of his main talking points in his long-shot presidential bid, which has the slogan “working people first.”

But the bill faces strong opposition from chambers of commerce from all five boroughs.

They recently wrote Council members that if lawmakers make paid vacation mandatory, then the city “must help fund and administer the benefit.

“The de Blasio administration is attempting to dismiss and ignore small business owners and advocates … who express concern about the financial and operational impact the unfunded mandate poses by calling them ‘naysayers,’” reads the Sept. 6 letter, which was also signed by groups including the NYC Hospitality Alliance.

“It’s not enough for our elected leaders to only talk about how important small businesses are to their community and to decry the blight of closed storefronts. We need you to take action and support small businesses.”

A de Blasio spokeswoman defended the proposed legislation Sunday.

“The United States is already behind every other industrialized nation when it comes to paid time off, and New York City has the historic chance to change that,” Laura Feyer said in a statement.

“Basic human rights like paid sick leave and minimum wage have been incorporated into most businesses normal operations, and paid personal time will be no different. Passing paid personal time will create an environment where workers have the opportunity to succeed beyond the basic ability to survive.”

Council Speaker Corey Johnson voiced skepticism about the legislation last month, saying he didn’t want to strain small businesses already reeling from rent increases.