,   Austin Labor Council

The City of Austin has long led the way as a progressive leader. One of the first cities in the nation to do so, the City Council in 2013 passed Resolution 20130620- 015, granting City employees six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child if the full time employee worked for the City for a year. While initially the Council publicly sought to grant all City employees this parental leave, they ultimately choose to exclude police, fire, and EMS as they are subject to meet and confer agreements and the collective bargaining process. The City is not AU S T I N – T R A V I S C O U N T Y E M S E M P L O Y E E A S S O C I A T I O N Community employees making a difference 2 prevented from awarding, and in its ultimate discretion may still grant, the additional parental leave benefit to all of her public servants. Do you support adding public safety workers to be covered by the city’s parental leave policy?