Business & Finance

Montclair Leaders Gather in Support of Earned Sick Days

43176026ef8dbbb40643_press.conference2.jpg
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
010a00d4f9cd66617f6f_press.conference1.jpg
43176026ef8dbbb40643_press.conference2.jpg

MONTCLAIR, NJ – A group of local elected officials gathered Monday with a coalition of advocacy groups in support of local earned sick days laws for private sector workers in Montclair. The group gathered at 387 Bloomfield Avenue, the home of Vital restaurant, to host a press conference.

The press conference, led by Marcia Marley, President of BlueWaveNJ, opened saying, "This ordinance should be passed for multiple reasons, primarily because this is a public health issue." "..we want to give people the option of staying home if they're sick. They shouldn't have to choose between losing their jobs."

Also in attendance were Freeholder Brendan Gill, Deputy Mayor Robert Russo, Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller, NAACP Education Chair James Harris, Executive Director of New Jersey Citizen Action Phyllis Salowe-Kaye and Director of New Jersey Working Families Analilia Mejia.

Sign Up for E-News

The coalition rolled out plans to launch a voter education and field campaign leading up to the November election, in which the earned sick day ballot question will be voted on in Montclair.  

Russo said, "My message today is this is not an anti buisness ordinance..." Russo went on to speak of his father, who was a small business owner who would've supported the ordinance. He added that people do get sick and should have employers who understand that.

The municipal ballot campaign will include a diverse array of community stakeholders united in support of this basic workplace standard. Leaders spoke of launching a four week voter education campaign towards ensuring that voters understand the significance of the ballot question. Marley said that interested volunteers can sign up at the Montclair Democratic Headquarters located at 460 Bloomfield Avenue.

The benefits of the proposal presented will allow private sector workers to earn between 3 and 5 paid sick days per year to care for themselves or family members in the event of an illness.

The Upper Montclair Business Association has distributed an informational sheet to the public on this initiative and several letters of opposition have been written. Therefore, the purpose of the planned door-to-door campaign is to educate the public.

The coalition advancing the measures have advocated for earned sick days ordinances in six New Jersey cities. Four have been passed in September. Municipal elected officials decided that the ordinances should be voted on by ballot question, in Montclair and Trenton.  They are the last two towns to be identified and the only two to be voted on by ballot.

Later Monday afternoon, the coalition also hosted a subsequent press conference in Trenton with Trenton leaders.

To view the news segment of the press conference from NJTV, click here.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montclair

South Orange - Maplewood School District Responds to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia H.S. Lot

February 15, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) sent an email to Columbia High School (CHS) families at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with information about the threatening message that was found painted in the CHS lot that morning. 

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS, and stated, ...

Travel Spotlight: Another Encounter with Marine Life along the Jersey Shore

February 20, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, February 20

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Tue, February 20, 10:30 AM

Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange

Mirrors of Midcentury French Culture at SHU

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, February 21

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Montclair Police Blotter: Multiple Vehicles Rummaged, Arrests and More

February 14, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was released by the Montclair Police Department on February 13, 2018:

Arrest:
02-05- 2018 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. David Blakely, 27yoa from Montclair was arrested on an open
Montclair warrant ($250)
02-09- 2018 (Lackawanna Plaza) Ms. Tawanna Hill, 36yoa from Montclair, was arrested for open
warrants out of Montclair and Little Falls totaling ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

PSE&G CUSTOMERS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE $10,000 OFF NEW ELECTRIC CAR

February 19, 2018

PSE&G CUSTOMERS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE $10,000 OFF NEW ELECTRIC CAR

Newark, N.J. –  – PSEG has announced a joint promotion with BMW of North America to
offer PSE&G customers $10,000 off the best negotiated price for a new BMW i3. The promotion is open
to customers of PSE&G and is available Feb. 15 through April 30, 2018.
“PSE&G is ...