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SAN ANTONIO (October 3, 2019) — The San Antonio City Council approved to amend the “Sick and Safe Leave Benefit” policy today by a vote of 8 to 3. District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño provided the following statement:
“San Antonio can breathe easier now that we have a more robust Sick and Safe Leave policy that will protect over 354,000 workers, including part-time employees and interns, and their families.
Thank you to the Texas Organizing Project and MOVE Texas for mobilizing to collect the initial required signatures from over 144,000 working San Antonians. The Sick and Safe Leave policy is a true citizen mandate, and I agree with our advocates that we as a city must continue to implement proactive policies like “Sick and Safe Leave” and “Right to Counsel,” which protect the underserved and address the pervasive/systemic inequality in San Antonio.
I believe San Antonio has put forth the legal framework which other Texas cities can draw from to provide paid sick leave for millions of employees across Texas. A more productive workforce begins with healthy, happy employees. Furthermore, studies indicate paid sick leave policies provide benefits to businesses in the form of increased productivity and lower turnover costs.
I commend the Paid Sick Leave Commission for their work to strengthen this policy by including language to protect those experiencing sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Our Assistant City Manager, Colleen Bridger, along with the staffs of Metro Health, Government and Public Affairs, the City Attorney’s, and City Manager’s Offices deserve recognition for working collaboratively with community and business advocates to bring forward a policy which is a step in creating a level playing field for all working families and all businesses.
Although imperfect, our adopted ordinance represents the will of the people - the tens of thousands of people who showed their support for Sick and Safe Leave. We must continue to keep sacred the public trust with which we are charged.”