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ATX Council votes on Paid Sick Day Business Mandate Thursday

Those at the Workers Defense Project disregard business community's fears

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Personal responsibility is nice and all, but the Worker’s Defense Project says mandating paid sick days would be better. The group’s policy director Bo Delp said he knows many restaurant and construction workers who decided to work while under the weather, despite the dangers and consequences. Delp believed, the high cost of living in Austin puts around 200,000 workers who don't have paid sick days in a tough position, to choose, either work sick and get paid, or stay home, get better and don't get paid.

On the other side, many small business owners felt this could put them out of business. Those same costs of living and working in Austin doubly affect them, Delp retorted, this is a common argument but in the city and states that have passed similar ordinances, business still thrives. But many remain skeptical at best, officials with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce reported, some businesses feel the city demands alot of business owners as is, and this mandate would push them to shut down operations permanently ore pick up and move where they can't order them around.

The proposal, championed by the council's youngest member, Greg Casar, will be put up for a vote Thursday. Though the proposal has alot of support on the dais, at a recent meeting Councilmemebr Ora Houston said this feels like a government overreach.

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