Supporters of paid sick leave target Councilman Denny O'Brien

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Councilman Dennis O'Brien, a strong advocate for children with disabilities and those with autism voted against the paid sick leave bill three weeks ago along with Councilmen Jim Kenney, Bill Green, David Oh, Brian O'Neill and Mark Squilla.

City Councilman Bill Greenlee has three days to get one of the six Councilmen who voted against the paid sick leave bill to change his mind. Otherwise Mayor Nutter's veto will stand.

Groups supportive of the measure are turning up the heat on Councilman Denny O'Brien.

In a news release, the group announced plans to hold a press conference Tuesday outside of City Hall to rally support for a bill that would require certain Philadelphia employers to give workers paid sick time off. The release pointed to data from the Pennsylvania Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT) that showed it takes multiple visits to a doctor before a child is diagnosed with autism. A lack of paid sick days can make it difficult for parents to make appointments and can even cost them their jobs, the release stated.

O'Brien, a strong advocate for children with disabilities and those with autism voted against the bill three weeks ago along with Councilmen Jim Kenney, Bill Green, David Oh, Brian O'Neill and Mark Squilla. Eleven members voted in support of it. Nutter vetoed the bill last week and said it would have an adverse impact on businesses and jobs. Greenlee would need 12 votes to override Nutter's veto.

Advocates have turned their attention toward O'Brien.

"We want to make clear the importance of paid sick days," said Marianne Bellesorte, with Pathways PA. She said Pathways is teaming up with other organizations to have mothers of children with autism visit O'Brien in City Hall this week.

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