NEW YORK – In a significant victory amid a push for paid sick time laws around the country, city lawmakers voted Wednesday to make businesses provide the benefit to an estimated 1 million workers who don’t have it now.

Saying they hoped that requiring sick leave in the nation’s largest metropolis would set an example, City Council members positioned New York to become the most populous place to approve such a law during a campaign that has scored several victories but also a number of defeats. A mayoral veto is expected, but so is an override.

Advocates see the measure as a signal accomplishment, although it has some significant limits and conditions.

The New York measure’s sponsor, Councilwoman Gale Brewer, says it’s about “a workplace that is safe, fair and respectful of the lives of workers.”