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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Contractor apologizes for racist remark at county meeting

The contractor who used a racial slur against Latino immigrants during a Travis County-sponsored meeting last week is apologizing.Aaron Cabaza, president of Aaron Concrete, sent an email to county staff on Tuesday afternoon expressing regret for his remarks at a…

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court delays action on worker safety recommendations

The Travis County Commissioners Court will put off for several weeks a decision on a package of proposals aimed at strengthening protections for construction workers on county projects.Last Tuesday, the court discussed 10 recommendations set forth by Purchasing Office staff…

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

Poll shows support for paid sick leave ordinance

Most Austinites like the idea of requiring businesses to provide their employees with paid sick days, according to a poll released Thursday.The survey of 600 Austin voters, which was conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected national polling firm that…

Friday, March 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs rules for expedited permitting

Working with advocates for developers and construction workers, City Council Member Greg Casar carefully negotiated the details of an ordinance requiring developers of large commercial projects to pay a living wage and follow other rules set forth in the Better…

Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Advocates, lawyers and immigrants respond to ‘sanctuary city’ threats

In response to promises from state and federal governments to knock out so-called “sanctuary cities” Wednesday, roughly 30 people crowded atop a rickety podium to announce their support of Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s immigration policy.At the local headquarters of…

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Who’s building Austin? As city grows, construction workers are getting left behind

At the end of the workday in downtown Austin, streams of construction workers start pouring out of the city. They spend their days building the condos and office buildings that will make up the new Austin, but they go home…

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Biz groups oppose more rules for permitting

Four Austin business groups are opposing a plan to require extra steps in the city’s permit review process. The steps would lead to more protection for construction workers, but they would also involve extra time and paperwork as well as…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Cate Malek

Coalition fights to add worker protections to expedited building permit process

The people who are building Austin can no longer afford to live in it, labor advocates say.Although they’re working on the big construction projects that are pushing Austin’s growth, construction workers in Austin have few protections, and many are living…

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Labor group calls foul on Plaza Saltillo document

As Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plaza Saltillo development project snakes its way through City Hall, one prominent labor rights group is raising concerns about the transit agency’s partner in the deal.The Workers Defense Project shared with the Austin Monitor a…

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County raises worker standards on North Campus project

The Travis County Commissioners Court handed the Workers Defense Project another victory on Tuesday in the organization’s quest to ensure better treatment for local construction workers.In a 4-1 vote, the court approved a measure that will require the eventual developer…

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…

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo agreement falls short of labor advocates’ approval

The Capital Metro Transportation Authority’s board of directors on Monday approved the terms of its partnership with private developers to bring a massive urban infill project to the eastern gate of downtown Austin.At its monthly meeting, the board voted 7-0…

Monday, March 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis Dems target Capital Metro with labor resolution

The Travis County Democratic Party has thrown its weight behind the effort to provide rigorous protections for construction workers hired to build a massive infill project on land owned by the Capital Metro Transportation Authority.At the party’s annual convention on…

Friday, March 18, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo project draws fire from labor advocates

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to redevelop 10 acres of largely empty land near downtown Austin has drawn criticism from labor advocates.The Workers Defense Project organized a rally of dozens of activists at the front door of Cap Metro’s…

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s new PID policy touted as victory for both labor and developers

It may have a name only a wonk could love, but Travis County’s brand-new PID policy could have sweeping implications for a large swath of residents whose every thought isn’t consumed with local governance.On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court approved a…

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Groups petition federal court to join city’s White Lodging lawsuit

An attorney representing the Workers Defense Project filed legal documents Saturday that ask a U.S. District Court judge to allow the workers center and the Save Our Springs Alliance to become party to ongoing legal action between the City of…

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Measure to set residential occupancy limits headed for City Council

An effort to curb stealth dorms that would radically limit how many unrelated people can live in Austin’s residences is heading quickly back to City Council.   This past November Council started the process of limiting occupancy to four unrelated…

Friday, October 25, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council OKs prevailing wage as part of economic development deals

The City Council on Thursday voted to make Austin the second city in Texas to mandate prevailing wages for construction workers as part of its economic development process. Mayor Lee Leffingwell was the only Council member to oppose the measure.…

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