Growing families in Borderland are on the agenda for the El Paso City Council meeting, today.
Today is the first time in El Paso history that the majority of city council are women, and they are pushing for family rights. Today they will discuss implementing paid parental leave for all eligible full time city employees.
The measure is being proposed by city Reps. Alexsandra Annello and Cassandra Hernandez. They are asking that the city manager and city attorney create a resolution that would allow city workers to receive six weeks of leave following the birth of a child.
“As municipal elected officials we are able to set policy for the health and safety of our community,” said Annello, who represents District 2.
“Helping families have a paycheck, a guaranteed paycheck so that they can bond with their families and with their newborn and with their children and evolve to a new environment. So that’s something that we would like to see across the entire city,” said Hernandez the District 3 representative.
Hernandez also said if City Council decides to implement the paid parental leave, it will make El Paso the first city in Texas to offer this to all eligible and full time employees.