CONTACT: Noah Barshop, 210-355-1273
SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 3, 2019) — Today City Council voted to approve the Paid Sick and Safe Leave (PSSL) subcommittee’s amendments to the ordinance, set to be effective December 1st of this year.
We should thank the other members of the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Commission and everyone who worked in the subcommittee that was tasked with modifying the original ordinance submitted by petitioners. As chair of the PSSL Commission, it was my job to create an independent subcommittee – composed of an even mix of activists and business leaders – that would be tasked to review the ordinance, improve it and insulate it from the awaiting legal challenges.
Attorney Danielle Hargrove was appointed to lead this subcommittee as chair. Her experience as a mediator and her expertise in labor and employment law made her uniquely suited to lead the process. Danielle did an incredible job bridging the differing views and building consensus, all the while maintaining a transparent and accountable process. She and the rest of this group should be applauded for sacrificing hours – time they could’ve spent with their family or doing anything else – to find common ground and make the ordinance the best it could be to the many stakeholders in our community.
This decision was informed by 20 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney. It would be ideal to live in a world where there is Paid Sick and Safe Leave for everyone. The focus on health and supporting workers is the right conversation for government, but our municipal government is the wrong forum for this issue in my opinion. I am a firm believer that the only way PSSL will exist in Texas is if the issue is taken up at the state level. As an elected official, I have been entrusted by District 8 constituents to be a steward of our financial resources. I can’t commit taxpayer resources and local government energies to protracted litigation.