O’Connor said he would seek to delay a vote on the bill until a public meeting is held. He said he would meet with opponents and make amendments if necessary.

O’Connor cited a survey by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a Washington nonprofit that focuses on women’s issues, that said about 49,000 people have private sector jobs in Pittsburgh that don’t offer paid sick leave. Under the legislation, employees would earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked after an initial 90 days.