NYC Clergy Call for Paid Sick Days. Religious leaders throughout New York City called for passage of paid sick days legislation during their 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events and services. When speaking out for economic and social justice, these members of the clergy asserted that all working New Yorkers have the right to earn paid sick time. Click here to read our letter, signed by Council Member Gale A. Brewer, to New York City religious leaders.