Austin, TX – After months of organizing by Work Strong Austin, labor leaders, and progressive allies, the Austin City Council voted 9-2 in favor of the paid sick days. Austin is now the first city in Texas and in the South to have paid sick days for workers.
The Texas Democratic Party was proud to assist organizing efforts by launching a digital campaign to make it easy for constituents to contact their Austin elected officials and ask them to vote for the ordinance.
“We have structures in place that say… who lives and who dies, who has health care and who doesn’t have health care. This has all been about organizing people around reducing that inequality,” said Council Member Greg Casar, who spearheaded the new rules. [KUT Austin, February 16, 2018]
Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal K. Perkins issued the following statement:
“Texas Democrats believe healthcare is a right. Our Texas Democratic Party platform supports paid sick leave in all employment contracts and calls us to fight for it. We are proud of so many progressive partners organized to deliver solutions for working Texans.
“Austin is now leading the way and setting an example for all Texas cities. We’re all better off when people no longer have to fear losing their livelihood over an illness or caring for a loved one.”