FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Charlie Bonner, Communications Manager, MOVE Texas
charlie@movetexas.org, 817-881-3104

Mary Moreno, Communications Director, Texas Organizing Project
mary@organizetexas.org, (832) 829-4174

PAID SICK TIME ADVOCATES FILE INTERVENTION IN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO

The corporate interest lawsuit subverts stakeholders’ ability to discuss policy in good faith and this intervention seeks to represent the voices of the workers too often left behind

Click here for a copy of the intervention

SAN ANTONIO — MOVE Texas Action Fund, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund (TOPEF), and San Antonio resident and home care provider Marilyn Washington filed an intervention in the lawsuit that would prevent the implementation of paid sick time in San Antonio on August 1, 2019.

On July 15, 2019, a group of corporate interests filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the City of San Antonio’s paid sick time ordinance from going into effect on August 1, 2019. The policy, adopted by a majority of the city council, would extend paid sick time to over 350,000 workers in San Antonio.

“No young worker should have to choose between paying their bills and maintaining their health. Tearing the right to take paid sick leave away from working people is a direct attack on our work to empower underserved youth communities across Texas,” said Raven Douglas, MOVE TEXAS Action Fund Deputy Director. “More than 140,000 San Antonians petitioned the city for a paid sick leave ordinance that was successfully passed through the city council, and we are here to ensure the will of those working people will be rightfully heard in court.”

“On paper, the lawsuit may be against the ordinance, but the spirit of the lawsuit is against the rights of the 354,000 San Antonio workers who currently don’t have the ability to stay home when they or a loved one is sick without risking a paycheck or their jobs,” said Joleen Garcia, organizer with the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund. “We fought hard to win earned paid sick days. And we will continue fighting. There are too many families who desperately need improved working conditions for us to give up.”

Represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) the intervenors argue that they would be substantially harmed if the paid sick time policy is stopped from going into implementation and therefore have a claim to defend the policy in court. The intervention seeks to ensure proper representation for the hardworking San Antonions who fought for their right to take paid sick leave.

“Nearly one year ago, tens of thousands of San Antonians stood up to ensure that their city adopt a common sense policy that would benefit workers across the city. Unfortunately, this inspiring democratic exercise is at risk of being overturned because of a small group of corporate interests,” said Ryan V. Cox, Senior Staff Attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project. “With our intervention, we will ensure that the voices of the San Antonians who made paid sick time a reality and those who would be hurt by its removal have their day in court.”

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MOVE Texas Action Fund is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization building power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and issue advocacy.

Texas Organizing Project Education Fund is the C3 arm of the Texas Organizing Project that organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.

We are Texas Lawyers for Texas Communities. The Texas Civil Rights Project believes in a state where everyone can live with dignity, justice, and without fear. In its twenty-eight year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits and spearheaded advocacy to protect and expand voting rights, challenge injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice for historically marginalized communities.