By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A group is pushing to require businesses in six New Jersey cities to offer workers paid sick leave.

An ordinance was introduced Monday in East Orange.

And New Jersey Working Families says a coalition of left-leaning groups has submitted petitions to put the issue on the November ballots in Trenton, Irvington, Montclair, Passaic and Paterson.

The organized labor-backed Working Families group hopes local governments in those cities may enact laws with the requirement, even before it could be put up for a vote. The measures would require up to five days of sick leave.

New Jersey’s two largest cities, Newark and Jersey City, are on the short list of cities around the country that require the paid leave.

Opponents say the cost is too high for businesses and might make firms reluctant to hire more workers.

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