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Published on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda Encouraged by Consensus on Sick and Safe Leave Revisions

CONTACT: Matthew Baiza
Office: (210) 207-3749; Cell: (210) 870-0484


SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 3, 2019)Today, City Council voted to approve amendments to the Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance that was previously passed on August 16, 2018. Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda released the following statement in response to today’s vote:


“Today’s approval of the revised Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance is a perfect example of how Council can work with diverse organizations to build consensus around a major policy initiative that will make our city healthier and safer. Council’s vote today is the culmination of a year-long process of stakeholder engagement aimed at improving the paid sick leave ordinance that was passed in the previous council term.


As a small business owner, I understand the challenges that employers face in trying to implement the best policies for their employees while ensuring their businesses continue to thrive. I am particularly grateful for the direct involvement of the business leaders who served on the Commission. Their input was crucial in making this ordinance more sound for our local economy.


The economic impact report conducted by Drs. Nivin and Roman shows that earned paid sick leave will have a net benefit to the San Antonio community of roughly $27.7 million. The Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance will not only be life changing for thousands of hard-working families but will also provide numerous benefits to our small businesses and our city.


I would like to thank every District 6 constituent – resident and business owner alike – who took the time to share your perspective with me. When all stakeholders are engaged, Council makes better informed decisions that are right for our community.”

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