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Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off decision on digital contract

Faced with the question of whether to approve a digital education contract for an out-of-town bidder chosen by city staff or extend the contract of a tried-and-true local company, Austin Free-Net, City Council decided last week to postpone the decision.Council…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves paid sick leave ordinance

Shortly after midnight on Friday, Austin became the first city in the South to require employers to provide workers with paid sick leave.The ordinance, authored largely by City Council Member Greg Casar, will require businesses and nonprofits to provide employees…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Sick leave arguments heat up

An ordinance that would force all private Austin businesses to provide paid sick leave for their employees may prove to be the most divisive issue to come before Council since 2015 when the Council district system started.Sponsored by Mayor Pro…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

City Council considers prescribing paid sick leave for private employers

Mornings at Hoover’s Cooking are spent hammering beef to make it thin enough for the restaurant’s best-selling dish: chicken-fried steak.“Other things that are good sellers are our fried catfish … and pork chops,” said Hoover Alexander, who has owned the…

Monday, February 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

Another postponement for Champion case

City Council decided Thursday that a legal and political battle surrounding the Champion tract in Northwest Austin that has spanned two decades will be extended yet another two weeks.Council voted 7-4 to postpone action on an amendment to a settlement…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

New negotiations for police, EMS contracts

Several City Council members, particularly Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter, sharply criticized city staff during Tuesday’s work session discussion of the Austin Police Association contract, with Flannigan and Alter claiming staff failed to communicate as the contract was being crafted.…

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