Rick McGahey (PhD, Economics, New School for Social Research) is Director of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program, and Professor of Professional Practice in Public Policy and Economics at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. He has a long history working on labor policy issues, having served as Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, and as Economic Policy Advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). In the federal executive branch, he was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. Last Friday, Rick testified before New York City Council’s Civil Service and Labor Committee to support legislation expanding paid sick days to New York City workers at firms with five or more employees and to strengthen the law in other ways. He has based his support for the legislation on findings that indicate economic benefits have been seen in San Fransisco after the city expanded paid sick days to smaller businesses. According to McGahey, if the legislation is passed, New York City will also benefit economically by means of an increase in productivity and a reduction in labor turnover.
Rick McGahey’s full statement can be seen here.