Revised SB 15 Even Worse for Working Families

Death Star for Local Workplace Benefits; 'Bathroom Bill II'

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement in the wake of a Senate committee's approval of SB 15, which not only blocks any and all local rules that improve workplace benefits, but now paves the way for cancellation of non-discrimination ordinances:

"SB 15 as filed would block local efforts - past, current and future - to give working families a fair shot to achieve their dreams. It would outlaw basic benefits like earned paid sick leave, water breaks for construction workers, fair-chance hiring and other measures that local officials have taken and might take to respond to the pressing needs of their communities."

"To add insult to injury, the committee's revisions to the bill go even further and prohibit local efforts to protect against discrimination. SB 15 has now become 'Bathroom Bill II.' Once again, Texas is walking a backward legislative path when it comes to civil rights, human rights and meeting the basic needs of its residents."