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Court denies temporary injunction in Austin's paid sick leave ordinance

"While this is an important victory, the fight isn't over," said Austin City Council Member Greg Casar.
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AUSTIN -- A Travis County court judge on Tuesday denied the temporary injunction in Austin's paid sick leave ordinance, according to a representative from the 353rd Civil District Court.

Council Member Greg Casar, who has been active in his support of the city's ordinance, released the following statement after Judge Tim Shulak's decision:

“The Austin City Council listened to working families across our city and passed the first paid sick days law in Texas. Paid sick days protect the health and safety of families by ensuring people can take the necessary time for themselves and their loved ones when they’re sick. While this is an important victory, the fight isn’t over. The same anti-worker groups who sued the City have made it clear they want to take paid sick days away from working people during the next legislative session. Working families in Austin aren’t going to let these out of touch groups take away our right to a fair workplace.”

The Workers Defense Project also issued a statement:

“Today is an important victory for working families in Austin who for too long have been forced to choose between taking a pay cut or going to work sick,” said Workers Defense Project Executive Director Jose P. Garza. “We applaud Travis County District Court for rejecting the puzzling arguments made by special interests with ties to the Koch Brothers who seek to deny hundreds of thousands of hardworking Austin residents the right to earn paid sick time. While the case will continue to be heard in district court, the ruling paves the way for the City of Austin paid sick time ordinance to be implemented on October 1, 2018. The ordinance, passed with the support of nine out of eleven democratically elected council members, will allow individuals to earn one hour of paid sick time for every thirty hours of work."

The injunction, filed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the National Federation of Independent Business, would have halted Austin's current paid sick time ordinance.

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