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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…

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

Casar reflects on a ‘hellish year’

2017 was a big year for Council Member Greg Casar. Nevertheless, in an interview for the Austin Monitor, he described it as “hellish.”On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after he was easily re-elected to Council, Casar was in no mood…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Why not?

Wrestling with a tough decision… Austin’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America party scored a significant boost this weekend when Council Member Greg Casar agreed to sign up as an official member. The District 4 representative spoke at a…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Casar reports on SB 4 hearing in New Orleans

City Council Member Greg Casar attended Tuesday’s hearing on Senate Bill 4 at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The city of Austin, along with Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, the small border city of El Cenizo,…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Casar issues call for citywide paid sick days

This Labor Day, a group of community advocates and leaders gathered to celebrate the holiday with a push for more progressive employment legislation in Austin. The group, led by Council Member Greg Casar, issued a call for City Council to…

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by KUT News

Demonstrators arrested after staging sit-in at state office to protest ‘sanctuary’ bill

State troopers began arresting demonstrators who had staged an all-day sit-in at a state office building to protest legislation banning so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions Monday. City Council Member Greg Casar was arrested and cited with a Class B misdemeanor for Criminal…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Legislation spotlights Austin’s fair chance rules

Members of the Texas House Business & Industry Committee heard lengthy and conflicting testimony Monday on fair chance hiring regulations but did not take a vote on Austin Republican Rep. Paul Workman’s House Bill 577 – which would overturn Austin’s…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Democrats urged to join fight against SB 4

Matt Simpson, policy strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, told members of the Central Texas Democratic Forum on Monday that Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities bill, throws out policies created by sheriffs and police departments…

Friday, February 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Immigration sparks Council fight

After a heated exchange between City Council members Ellen Troxclair and Greg Casar, Council voted 10-1 Thursday to approve $200,000 in emergency funding for immigrant legal services.Troxclair, Council’s only Republican, offered the only no vote and the only negative commentary…

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Casar cites work on labor issues for 2016

Greg Casar was re-elected to his District 4 City Council seat in November with only token, underfunded opposition – and that fact did not even make it onto the list of highlights he shared with the Austin Monitor.From his post…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Council Member Greg Casar

Austin City Council Member Greg Casar joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about his reelection bid. The audio is embedded below.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council looking at help for displaced tenants

City Council will consider an ordinance today affecting tenants who are forced to move out of properties slated for demolition or redevelopment. Under the proposed ordinance, an owner of a multifamily complex with five or more units would have to…

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council members float mobility bond alternatives

Three members of City Council have floated two separate alternatives to Mayor Steve Adler’s $720 million mobility bond proposal.On Monday, Council Member Ann Kitchen’s office posted on the Council Message Board a draft resolution for a significantly pared-down vision of…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“Pork chop” battle continues between districts

At the intersection of Morrow Street and Lamar Boulevard, a concrete barrier prevents District 4 residents to the east from heading due west into District 7. But the divisions between those who want to see the barrier removed and those…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Casar campaign kicks off election season

District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar launched his campaign for re-election early Monday morning on the steps of City Hall. In doing so, Casar also unofficially kicked off the campaign season for the upcoming November election, where five Council…

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We get procedural

Let the autopsy commence!… On election night, David Butts, chief strategist for Our City, Our Safety, Our Choice, said that opponents had overplayed their hand, but he also praised the media for exposing inaccuracies in Proposition 1 advertising. “The press,” he…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council extends living wage to subcontractors

City subcontractors – such as airport food vendors and construction workers – will now be paid $13.03 an hour after City Council extended the city’s living wage requirements on Thursday to everyone working on a city contract.Two ordinances that closed…

Monday, January 18, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Casar proposes changes to committee rules

City Council Member Greg Casar is proposing that most items go directly to the Council agenda, eliminating the assumption that items are discussed before a Council committee before being passed to the full Council for consideration.This proposal is just one…

Friday, January 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Oracle: when a tech company expands in Austin

Demolition, it seems, follows Robin Wilkins.Wilkins, 54, moved into the Lakeview Apartments on South Lakeshore Boulevard after another apartment building she was living in was slated to be torn down. She stayed for five years, paying no more than $720…

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Casar counts his victories for 2015

District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar came to his job as a workers’ rights advocate. So it is unsurprising that he chose as his favorite accomplishment of this first year in office helping his constituents at a North Lamar…

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