Standing up for workers’ rights – and not to mention protecting public health – Work Strong Austin fought to ensure Austinites wouldn’t be forced to make the tough choice between recovering from an illness at home or showing up to work so they don’t get docked pay. The coalition, including the Workers Defense Project and UNITE HERE, succeeded this February when Council passed an ordinance requiring most business owners to allow employees 64 hours of paid sick time per year. But thanks to anti-worker conservative groups and state officials, the ordinance has been tossed into legal limbo. So in the meantime, let’s throw some extra love to the groups still fighting for our rights to be, well, human.
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