|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Mary-Margaret Hasslocher|
|December 3, 2018|
NORTH SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER BUSINESS COALITION ISSUES LETTER TO MAYOR ASKING TO REPEAL PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE
SAN ANTONIO, TX – The North San Antonio Chamber along with area Business Coalition leaders signed on to a letter sent to Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City Manager, Sheryl Sculley, City Attorney, Andy Segovia, and members of City Council, requesting that City Council repeal the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, citing that it is unconstitutional.
The City of San Antonio City Council adopted the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on August 16, 2018. Multiple authorities have opined that a paid sick leave ordinance violates Texas law. On July 9, 2018, the City received a letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that the City was preempted from enacting a paid sick leave ordinance. On August 6, 2018, the City received a letter from State Senator Donna Campbell, who also noted that the proposed ordinance was unlawful.
Earlier this year, the City of Austin adopted a Paid Sick Leave Ordinance nearly identical to San Antonio’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. On November 16, 2018, the Third Court of Appeals held that Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is unconstitutional. Read the Third Court of Appeals Opinion here.
A copy of the Business Coalition letter can be found here. The Business Coalition letter is signed by the following area leaders:
Cristina Aldrete, North San Antonio Chamber
Elva Adams, Alamo Asian Chamber of Commerce
Steven Schultz, Associated Builders and Contractors – South Texas Chapter
Kristi Sutterfield, Greater San Antonio Builders Association
Martha Mangum, Real Estate Council of San Antonio
Marco Barros, San Antonio Area Tourism Council
Pam Crail, SA Auto Dealers
Rey Chavez, San Antonio Manufactures Association
Al Arreola, South San Antonio Chamber