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UFCW Testimony Against SB2487

Anti-worker bill banning paid sick days ordinances

AGAINST THE PASSAGE OF THESE BILLS.

UFCW REPRESENTS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FOOD, GROCERY, AND RETAIL WORKERS ACROSS TEXAS AND 1.3 MILLION ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

MANY OF THE HARD-WORKING FAMILIES WE REPRESENT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EARNED PAID SICK TIME.

WE FERVENTLY ARGUE ON THEIR BEHALF DURING CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS TO ENSHRINE PAID SICK TIME IN UNION CONTRACTS, BUT STRUGGLE AGAINST BALANCING THE CONCERNS OF PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, RETIREMENT SECURITY, AND EARNED PAID SICK TIME.

WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT LOCALITIES SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO mandate EARNED PAID SICK TIME TO ALL WORKERS IN THEIR JURISDICTIONS because private employers have not risen to the challenge in texas. corporate profits are soaring; why are employers crying poverty when it comes to providing earned paid sick time?

millions of workers across the state are posed with an impossible choice – their health or their families health or their job.

IN DALLAS, WHERE WE HAVE TWO LARGE LOCAL ufcw UNIONS, there are 300,000 working families that would benefit from earned paid sick time.

it is undemocratic for members of this committee and house to take away earned paid sick time from these workers; their duly elected local representatives passed it and it should be allowed to go into effect.

private employers in texas have failed to raise wages and increase benefits; we need the democratic intervention of local leaders.

we need to raise standards. legislation like this prevents locally elected leaders from acting on the will of the people. the workers want paid sick leave. According to the march 21st, 2019 UT/TT poll, 71 percent of Texas voters support policies requiring sick leave, including 56 percent of Republicans.

EARNED PAID SICK TIME IS WILDLY POPULAR IN TEXAS AND IT WOULD BE A SERIOUS MISTAKE FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO FLY SO FLAGRANTLY IN THE FACE OF PUBLIC OPINION.

HARD-WORKING FAMILIES IN TEXAS DESERVE BETTER.

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