In a win for Texas workers, Republicans fail to roll back paid sick leave

by | May 23, 2019 | Texas Legislature

Multiple bills that would have undone sick leave ordinances in cities like Austin and San Antonio are dead in the water.

Republicans missed the deadline for the laws to be considered for a vote in the House, effectively killing the bills days before the end of the legislative session.

The scheduling blunder is undoubtedly a win for Texas workers, who are free to organize and push local governments into adopting laws that guarantee employees a minimum number of paid sick days.

In 2018, Austin and San Antonio become the first cities in Texas to pass such laws.

While the Texas Legislature’s effort to roll them back has failed, the ordinances are by no means safe.

In August, a state appeals court ruled Austin’s paid sick leave law as unconstitutional, temporary blocking the law thanks to a lawsuit brought on by a coalition of businesses.

Besides labor rights, lawmakers have also taken aim at abortion and voting rights. You can catch up on the latest of those efforts in our recap here.

Are you tired of Texas Republicans pushing big lies and trying to steal your vote? So are we, that’s why we’re fighting back against the right-wing lie machine. Our commitment to ethical, fact-based journalism is vital to our democracy, and we can’t do it without you. Consider donating today to help us stay in this fight.

Continue Reading

Dexter McCoy’s vision of equality in Fort Bend County

Dexter McCoy’s vision of equality in Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County Commissioner Precinct 4 Candidate Dexter McCoy couldn’t necessarily define inequality as a child, but watched it as a young boy every day in rural Louisiana.  “My grandparents' house at the start of the driveway was the end of the city limits,”...

Molly Cook on playing out John Whitmire

Molly Cook on playing out John Whitmire

When Senator John Whitmire, the longest-serving member of the Texas Senate announced he would be seeking reelection and running for Houston mayor, Molly Cook had heard enough.  Republicans had just wrapped up their most extreme legislative session yet,...