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Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Councilman Rey Saldaña urges Mayor and City Council to preserve the Earned Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

CONTACT: Rosana Galaviz
Office: (210) 207-5785; Cell: (210) 602-4069


SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 4, 2018)The following is a statement from Councilman Rey Saldaña regarding the business community’s request to repeal the Earned Paid Sick Leave Ordinance passed by City Council:


“Some members of the business community are requesting the Mayor and City Council to repeal the Earned Paid Sick Leave Ordinance we passed earlier this year on August 16.  The decision to pass this ordinance was driven in large part by Working Texans for Paid Sick Leave, a coalition of grassroots organizations, who worked tirelessly to gather and submit more than 140,000 petition signatures on May 24.


As representatives of our respective districts, we made the choice of creating an ordinance instead of allowing this referendum to be placed on the November General Election ballot.  The overwhelming support for this policy made it clear how vital this was to workers in San Antonio.


Although there may be some elected officials who would prefer this issue to be addressed at the state level, the reality is that we have the local control and opportunity to help the 350,000 San Antonians that stand to benefit from this ordinance.  No longer will an employee have to decide between seeking medical care or losing wages.


The case before the Third Court of Appeals and the opinion issued by the three-judge panel does not affect the San Antonio ordinance.  San Antonio is not within the geographic region covered by the Third Court of Appeals and no lawsuit challenging the San Antonio ordinance has been filed.  We need to make every effort to keep the promise we made to San Antonians.”

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