Statement from Chamber on injunction of Sick and Safe Leave ordinance

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce applauds State District Judge Peter Sakai for his decision to grant an injunction on the City of San Antonio’s Paid Sick Leave (PSL) now know as the Sick and Safe Leave ordinance. From the beginning, the Chamber’s position has been clear:  We do not oppose sick leave. However, we do oppose our city mandating employee benefits and pay.  We believe it is the right of private employers to determine the best and most efficient way to operate a successful business, while remaining competitive in attracting and retaining a talented workforce and not our municipal government.

Judge Sakai’s ruling is a clear indication that what we believe is correct, and that the City has overstepped its boundaries. We trust that going forward, the courts will agree that the Sick and Safe Leave ordinance violates the Texas Minimum Wage Act and is a local infringement on the rights of private employers.

Our commitment to our members is to continue to be an active part of the group that is opposing this effort and welcome any interested businesses to contact the Chamber to add their support for the continued actions that will be required. This is indeed a weighty issue, and we will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against it and all other issues that adversely impact the business community and employer rights.

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