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Paid Sick Days Vote, 2/15

Paid Sick Days Vote, 2/15

The Travis County Democratic Party’s County Executive Committee adopted a resolution back in October, one endorsing universal paid sick days for employees.

This resolution was adopted with widespread support from all parts of Travis County. It sends a clear message: the Party stands with the people.

On February 15th, the Austin City Council will be meeting to vote on City ordinances regarding paid sick days. Please contact your City Council members and let them know you stand with labor and support paid sick days!

Full Text:
Adopted Paid Sick Days Resolution

Travis County Democratic Party
Resolution on Endorsing Paid Sick Time Policy

WHEREAS, Most workers in the city of Austin will at some time during each year need limited time off
from work to take care of their own health needs or the health needs of their family members; and,

WHEREAS, Earning paid sick time can have a positive effect on individuals and the public health of
Austinites by allowing workers a limited number of hours per year to care for themselves or a close
family member when illness strikes or medical needs arise; and,

WHEREAS, Providing workers time off for health or safety purposes can guarantee a healthier and more
productive workforce in Austin; and,

WHEREAS, Earning paid sick time can reduce recovery time, promote the use of regular medical
providers rather than hospital emergency departments, and reduce the likelihood of people spreading
illness to other members of the workforce and to the public; and,

WHEREAS, Access to paid sick time can also help decrease the likelihood that a worker will put off
needed care, and can reduce healthcare expenditures and increase the rates of preventive care among
workers and their children; and,

WHEREAS, Low-income workers are significantly less likely to have paid sick time than other members
of the workforce; and,

WHEREAS, In a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, approximately 37% of
workers in the city of Austin lack paid sick time; and,

WHEREAS, According to that same study, up to 70% of workers go without access to paid sick time in
jobs that require frequent contact with the public, like food preparation and personal care occupations,
which has important public health implications due to risk of contagion; and,

WHEREAS, Latino and Black workers in Austin are less likely to have paid sick time than workers in any
other racial or ethnic group, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research; and,

WHEREAS, People without paid sick time are 1.5 times more likely than people with paid sick time to go
to work with a contagious illness like the flu; and,

WHEREAS, According to the Public Welfare Foundation, parents who don’t have paid sick time are more
than twice as likely as parents with paid sick time to send a sick child to school or daycare, and five
times as likely to report taking their child or a family member to a hospital emergency room because
they were unable to take time off work during their regular work hours; and,

WHEREAS, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention found that workers with access to paid sick time were 28 percent less likely than
workers without access to paid sick time to be injured on the job; and,

WHEREAS, Many workers need time away from their jobs to care for their health after incidents
regarding sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner violence, and or to
find solutions, such as a restraining order or new housing, to avoid or prevent physical or sexual abuse;

WHEREAS, Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are often forced to lose days of paid employment
because of the violence they face; and,

WHEREAS, Paid sick time results in reduced worker turnover, which leads to reduced costs incurred
from advertising, interviewing and training new hires. Replacing workers can cost approximately 21%
of an employee’s annual compensation; and,

WHEREAS, 36 cities and 7 states have passed paid sick policies; and,

WHEREAS, According to a study conducted by the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, 160
countries in the world guarantee their residents a continued income when they’re ill; and,

WHEREAS, The Democratic National Committee Party Platform includes supporting working families
through a commitment to “fight to allow workers the right to earn at least seven days of paid sick leave”;

WHEREAS, The Work Strong Austin coalition, a group of local nonprofits and small business owners,
have conducted needs assessments, policy research, interviews with other cities and stakeholders, and
held meetings since 2015 to advance the opportunity for Austinites to have access to paid sick time; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Travis County Democratic Party strongly supports earned
paid sick days for all workers; and,

FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Travis County Democratic Party calls for the City of Austin to
institute laws and rules mandating paid sick leave for all employees in the city; that this includes hourly
workers and individual subcontractors; and be it a provision in all contracts for labor the City of Austin
signs; and,

FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Travis County Democratic Party supports the Work Strong
Austin coalition in efforts to ensure a robust policy for private employers in Austin that is universal,
covering all types of workers and employers, and provides a variety of allowable uses, such as tending to an
ongoing medical condition, seeking preventative care, providing care for a family member or dependent,
and providing safe time to deal with a domestic violence or sexual assault incident; and,

FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Travis County Democratic Party encourages its precinct
chairs and members to participate in the City of Austin public stakeholder process to provide feedback
consistent with this resolution on the elements of a paid sick days policy.

UPDATE: Congrats to Heather Jefts & Anne Duffy!

UPDATE: Congrats to Heather Jefts & Anne Duffy!

Our County Executive Committee (CEC) voted to endorse Heather Jefts (Place 5) and Anne Duffy (Place 3) for Cedar Park City Council, since there is a part of Cedar Park that is in Travis County.

On May 6th, both candidates unseated Republican incumbents. Anne Duffy won with 57.67% of the vote and Heather Jefts won with 57.62%.
If you’d like to learn more about the Councilmembers-Elect or the Williamson County Democrats, click below!


Heather Jefts: Facebook | Website

Anne Duffy: Facebook | Website

Williamson County Democrats: Facebook | Website

Band Together..VOTE!

Band Together..VOTE!

We registered over over 90% of Travis County residents to vote, but the work is not over yet. We must now Band Together and Vote! Join us on October 22 from 12-4pm at Pan Am Park for live music, a beer garden, and taco trucks on every corner!
Come enjoy great food and great music with major local bands to be announced in the coming days. 


Admission is free so make sure you join us in celebrating our right to vote.

For parking, there is a parking lot and a bus stop by the park.



2016 Democratic Nominees

Tawana Cadien – Congressional District 10

William “Bill” Matta – Congressional District 17

Tom Wakely – Congressional District 21

Kathi Thomas – Congressional District 25

Congressman Lloyd Doggett – Congressional District 35

Senator Judith Zaffirini – Senate District 21

Virgina “Jennie Lou” Leeder – Senate District 24

Representative Dawnna Dukes – House District 46

Ana Jordan – House District 47

Representative Donna Howard – House District 48

Gina Hinojosa – House District 49

Representative Celia Israel – House District 50

Representative Eddie Rodriguez – House District 51

Rebecca Bell-Metereau – State Board of Education District 5

Judy-Jennings – State Board of Education District 10

Mike Westergren – Supreme Court of Texas Place 3

Dori Contreras Garza – Supreme Court of Texas Place 5

Savannah Robinson – Supreme Court of Texas Place 9

Larry Meyers – Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2

Betsy Johnson – Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 5

Robert Burns – Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 6

Grady Yarbrough – Railroad Commissioner

Margaret Moore – District Attorney

Judge Carlos Barrera – County Court No. 8

Kim Williams – County Court No. 9

David Escamilla – County Attorney 

Sally Hernandez – County Sheriff

Honorable Bruce Elfant – Tax Assessor

Jeff Travillion – County Commissioner Precinct 1

David Holmes – County Commissioner Precinct 3

Danny Thomas – Constable Precinct 1

Adan Ballesteros – Constable Precinct 2

Stacy Suits – Constable Precinct 3

George Morales – Constable Precinct 4

Carlos Lopez – Constable Precinct 5

Honorable Scott Jenkins – 53rd Judicial District

Honorable Rhonda Hurley – 98th Judicial District

Honorable Darlene Byrne – 126th Judicial District

Honorable P. David Wahlberg – 167th Judicial District 

Honorable Gisela Triana – 200th Judicial District 

Honorable Jan Soifer – 345th Judicial District

Honorable Tim Sulak – 353rd Judicial District

Honorable Julie Kocurek – 390th Judicial District 

Tamara Needles – 427th Judicial District 

Brad Urrutia – 450th Judicial District