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GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY.

YEAH, HERE WE GET.

HERE YOU ARE.

WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CONVENE THE, UH, JUNE 7TH, 2022 WORK SESSION, UH, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, OR THE BOARDS AND COMMISSION ROOM, UH, NINE 10.

UM, WE HAVE A QUORUM PRESENT.

WE HAVE, UH, PAID, UH, IT'S BEEN SUGGESTED TO US THAT WE START WITH THE LIVING WAGE, UH, BRIEFING, CAUSE WE'RE GOING TO LOSE SOME PEOPLE.

SO LET'S START WITH THAT.

UH, WE CAN DO THE, UH, PULLED ITEMS, WHICH MAY TAKE US A WHILE TODAY, UH, BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S ACTUALLY WORK TO BE DONE, UH, WITH US, UH, ON, ON THOSE ISSUES TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHERE PEOPLE ARE.

UH, IF WE FINISHED AND HAVE TIME BEFORE LUNCH, UH, WE CAN GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION START TODAY.

THE, UH, WE JUST HAVE THE FOUR APPOINTMENT ARE FOUR APPOINTMENTS GOING THROUGH, UH, THAT, UH, UH, PERSONNEL, UH, REVIEWS.

UH, I'M GOING TO BE, UH, OFF THE DIOCESE FROM, UH, NOON TO ONE O'CLOCK.

UH, WE CAN EITHER JUST BE TAKING A LUNCH BREAK COLLECTIVELY AT THAT VERY TIME.

IF YOU ALL WANTED TO WORK ON EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, I COULD MISS THAT.

HOW ABOUT WE'LL COME BACK, UH, THIS, UH, THIS AFTERNOON NOON TO, INTO THIS PLACE AT ONE O'CLOCK WE CAN DO THE HOMELESSNESS, UH, UH, UPDATE, UH, WHEN WE, UH, COME BACK, THERE'S A BRIEFING.

I THINK THAT'S BEEN HANDED OUT, UH, ONE 30, UH, AS CLOSE TO THAT, AS WE CAN, WE'LL GO INTO THE AUSTIN ENERGY, UH, MEETING, WHICH I UNDERSTAND, UH, MADAM CHAIR WITH ABOUT AN HOUR, WE THINK, UH, FOR THAT, UH, AND THAT WOULD HAVE US COMING BACK AT ABOUT TWO 30 TO FINISH EXECUTIVE SESSION.

UH, IF WE NEED TO DO THAT EXECUTIVE SESSION, WE'LL BE DONE, UH, VIRTUALLY, UH, TODAY.

OKAY.

YES, KENZIE, THANK YOU FOR THE RECOGNITION.

UM, I JUST WANT TO DAYLIGHT SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN BOTHERED ME A LITTLE BIT AND ALSO MY CONSTITUENTS AND THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE BRIEFINGS, NOT BEING POSTED ONLINE WITHIN, UM, AN AMOUNT OF TIME THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO REVIEW THEM AND COME UP WITH QUESTIONS AND REALLY DIG INTO THE INFORMATION.

I FEEL LIKE IT REALLY PUTS US AT A DISADVANTAGE ON COUNCIL TO NOT HAVE THAT INFORMATION IN A TIMELY MANNER.

UM, I KNOW THAT THIS MORNING, FOR EXAMPLE, AT 6:58 AM OR BRIEFING CAME IN ABOUT THE HOMELESSNESS ISSUE, BUT THERE'S STILL NO LIVING WAGE BRIEFING AVAILABLE ONLINE.

SO I WOULD JUST ASK THAT MAYBE WE HAVE THOSE 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF A MEETING.

I WOULD HATE TO HAVE TO BRING FORWARD A RESOLUTION TO REQUIRE THAT, BUT IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY HELPFUL FOR MYSELF AND FOR TRANSPARENCY WITH THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE THOSE AVAILABLE.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S A GOOD POINT.

AND IT'S RECURRENT, UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE RAISED COLLECTIVELY.

UM, SO I JOINED HIM IN THAT REQUEST.

YES, CANCER KITCHEN.

UM, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE HOMELESS, UM, BRIEFING.

I DON'T WANT THAT TO GET SQUEEZED OUT OF TIME.

THERE'S SOME VERY IMPORTANT THINGS FOR US TO DISCUSS, INCLUDING THE, UH, THE REAL ESTATE ASPECT OF IT AND THE POTENTIAL FOR A NEW SHELTER LOCATIONS.

SO, UM, I WAS HOPING THAT WE WOULD TAKE IT THIS MORNING IS, OR IS IT POSSIBLE? IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU BE THERE FOR IT, MAYOR AND I, AND I'M CONCERNED THAT IF WE I'M CONCERNED, WE'RE GOING TO RUN OUT OF TIME.

AND SO IS THERE A REASON WHY YOU DON'T WANT TO DO IT THIS MORNING? JUST BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT.

I MEAN, FOR THURSDAY'S WORK, WE REALLY HAVE TO DO THE, THE PULLED ITEMS OR WORK THROUGH THOSE, BUT WE'LL HAVE TIME AND I WILL BE HERE FOR THAT.

CAUSE I WANT TO BE, IT'S OBVIOUSLY IT'S A HUGE PRIORITY FOR, FOR, FOR ME.

OKAY.

WELL, CAN WE COMMIT TO TAKING IT UP, UH, WHEN WE COME BACK FROM LUNCH, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE'RE FINISHED WITH THE, UM, PULLED ITEMS, THAT'S WHAT I WAS RECOMMENDING ONE O'CLOCK WE, WE TURNED TO THAT ITEM.

IT HAD THAT TIME BEFORE WE DO THE, UH, OKAY.

EVEN IF WE'RE NOT FINISHED WITH PULLED ITEMS, I THINK THAT WILL BE IMPORTANT SO WELL, LET'S SEE WHERE WE ARE ON THAT.

WE HAVE TOO MANY THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TODAY, BUT I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO LOSE THAT.

I MEAN, I GUESS.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED IF WE CAN MANAGE, THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

IT'S GOOD TO SEE EVERYONE THIS MORNING.

AND AS THE MAYOR MENTIONED, WE'RE GOING TO START TODAY'S WORK SESSION WITH A BRIEFING FROM THE LIVING WAGE WORK GROUP.

AND SO JUST AS SOME CONTEXT, AS YOU MAY KNOW, EIGHT YEARS AGO IN 2014, THE COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION, DIRECTING THE MANAGER TO PROVIDE STAFF SUPPORT FOR A STAKEHOLDER PROCESS TO DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE CITY'S LIVING WAGE RATES AND POLICY.

DURING THAT

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PROCESS STAKEHOLDERS MET SEVEN TIMES AND THEN PROVIDED THE RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL.

AT THAT TIME, A PLAN WAS DEVELOPED THEN TO INCREASE THE LIVING WAGE FROM $11 AND 39 CENTS TO $15, UH, OVER FIVE YEARS, UH, BY 2020, UH, FAST FORWARD TO TODAY, UH, EARLIER THIS YEAR, LIVING WAGE STAKEHOLDER GROUP CONVENED AGAIN, AND PROVIDED AN UPDATED RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL THAT, UH, RECOMMENDATION WAS SENT VIA MEMO FROM OUR HR DIRECTOR ON APRIL 28TH AND TO COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY'S POINTS.

WE SHOULD POST THAT IN BACKUP AND I'LL MAKE SURE THAT THAT HAPPENS BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S A PRESENTATION TODAY.

IT'S JUST THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MEMO THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU ON APRIL 28TH, BUT I'LL MAKE SURE THAT THAT GETS BACK, GET SOME BACKUP AS WELL.

SO THIS TIME THE GROUP MET FOUR TIMES AND WE ARE HERE TODAY TO RECEIVE A BRIEFING ON THAT LIVING WAGE FROM MEMBERS OF THIS COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP.

AS YOU KNOW, AS PART OF THE BUDGET PROCESS, I WILL BRING FORWARD A COMPENSATION PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES INCREASES TO THE LIVING WAGE ACROSS THE BOARD INCREASES AND OTHER COMPENSATION RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR HARDWORKING, DEDICATED CITY EMPLOYEES.

UH, SO WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP WHO WILL WALK THROUGH THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS.

YOU KNOW, IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING, IF IT'S NOT ON THE COMPUTER, IT'S HERE.

UM, SO GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY.

UM, AND AS YOU HEARD FROM THE CITY MANAGER, WE'VE ALSO PASSED OUT THE PROPOSAL BACK FROM 2015.

UM, SO I WANTED TO SAY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IN AUSTIN THOUGH.

AUSTIN IS, HAS THE BEST JOB MARKET IN THE NATION.

WE KNOW THAT AUSTIN IS SUFFERING FROM RISING HOUSE HOUSING COSTS.

WE KNOW THAT AUSTIN IS NO LONGER RANKED ONE OF THE TOP 10, THAT AUSTIN HAS DROPPED DOWN TO 13 AND ALL OF THAT IS DUE TO THE RISING COST OF HOUSING.

UM, I MENTIONED THAT BECAUSE WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP OUR EMPLOYEES IN HOUSING.

UH, WE'RE TRYING TO, UH, KEEP THEM ON THE WORK AT THE WORKPLACE AND IT HAS BECOME A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE FOR THEM.

WE NEED TO MOVE BACK TO BASICS.

UM, WE ARE TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY EIGHT YEARS LATER.

UM, THE REPORT SAYS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE ENDED AT 1683.

AND FOR SOME REASON WE NEVER APPLIED THE CPI TO, TO KEEP THE LIVING WAGE MOVING.

SO OUR ASK FOR 22 SOUNDS ASTRONOMICAL.

WE KNOW THAT THE EMPLOYEES ARE DOING MORE WITH LESS.

WE KNOW THEY ARE WORKING MANDATORY OVERTIME.

WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE EMPLOYEES WORKING OUT OF THEIR CLASSIFICATION.

WE HAVE ADMIN STAFF STILL TAKING 9 1, 1 NON-EMERGENCY CALLS.

WE HAVE PARK RANGERS PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE YOUTH PROGRAMS AND IT GOES ON AND ON.

WE KNOW THAT A R R HAS A CONTRACT BECAUSE THEY'RE THE SERVICE.

THOSE ARE BEING IMPACTED BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP LOW WAGE EARNERS.

WE ARE LOSING THEM TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

WE KNOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS AT 20 22, 24.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO KEEP THE $15.

AND WE ARE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH VACANCY RATE OF 18% IN JUST THE GENERAL FUND DEPARTMENTS.

IT IS TIME TO TAKE CARE OF OUR HOUSE, TO TAKE CARE AND RESTORE OPERATIONS TO THE CITIZENS OF AUSTIN.

UM, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO THAT.

WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT INFLATION.

WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT IT COSTS TO FILL UP YOUR CAR, BUT THE ONE THING WE CAN DO THAT YOU CAN DO, YOU CAN GIVE YOUR EMPLOYEES, THE WAGES NEEDED TO SURVIVE IN THIS ECONOMY.

THANK YOU.

THE MORNING COUNSEL.

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UH, GOOD MORNING COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS RACHEL MELENDEZ.

I WORK FOR UNITE HERE.

WE'RE HOSPITALITY WORKERS UNION.

WE REPRESENT THE CONCESSIONS WORKERS AT THE AIRPORT, AND I REALLY JUST WANTED TO SPEND A COUPLE MINUTES SHARING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE.

I KNOW SOME OF YOU HAVE ALREADY MET WITH THEM.

YOU'VE HEARD FROM THEM DIRECTLY ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE THERE.

UM, BUT REALLY IF YOU FLOWN OUT OF THE AIRPORT RECENTLY, YOU'LL HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THOSE SHOPS ARE CLOSED.

THEIR RESTAURANTS ARE CLOSED.

THE RETAIL STORE, WE COULD GET YOUR MAGAZINE, RIGHT? THOSE PLACES HAVE BEEN CLOSED BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDERSTAFFED.

WE'VE HEARD FROM FOLKS THAT PEOPLE ARE QUITTING WORK AT THE AIRPORT BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND, RIGHT? BECAUSE OF SO MANY PEOPLE FLYING THROUGH THE AIRPORT, IT IS TOO STRESSFUL AND THEY'RE OVERWHELMED.

THEY'D RATHER GO WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE WHERE THEY'RE MAKING THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY WHERE IT'S LESS DEMANDING.

UM, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW, THEY START WORK AT THREE 30 IN THE MORNING.

A LOT OF TIMES THEY LEAVE AROUND NOON OR TWO IN THE AFTERNOON.

THEIR WHOLE DAY RIGHT, IS SPENT AT WORK AND THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES.

UM, THAT'S REALLY THE MAJORITY OF WHAT I WANTED TO SHARE.

I THINK THERE'S A REAL OPPORTUNITY HERE TODAY, RIGHT? FOR THE COUNCIL TO NOT JUST AFFECT THE LIVES OF THE FOLKS WHO WILL BE TAKING HOME, THESE PAY PAYCHECKS, BUT REALLY RAISE THE FLOOR FOR THE CITY.

SO THANK YOU.

HI EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS FABIOLA BURRITO.

I AM THE AUSTIN POLICY COORDINATOR WITH WORKERS, DEFENSE AND WORKERS DEFENSE, UM, REPRESENTS LOW WAGE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

AND YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'VE BEEN SEEING WITH OUR MEMBERS AS WELL HAS BEEN THAT THE FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTING THE CITY THAT HAVE BEEN MAKING THESE FANTASTIC HIGH-RISES BUILDINGS, THE HOUSING THAT WE'RE ALL IN, UM, THEY ARE NOT REAPING ANY OF THE BENEFITS.

MANY OF OUR MEMBERS HAVE LIVED IN AUSTIN AND HAVE ENDED UP LIVING, UH, MOVING OVER TO BUDA, TO KYLE, UM, OTHER AREAS IN THE CENTRAL, IN THE CENTRAL AREA.

SO THEY'RE ABLE TO STILL CONTINUE TO WORK, HOWEVER, ARE NOT ABLE TO LIVE HERE.

AND, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHY WE REALLY SUPPORT AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE BECAUSE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE ON PUBLIC PROJECTS WOULD BE THE DIRECT BENEFICIARIES.

AND SO $22 AN HOUR IS, UM, IS A STARTING PLACE.

UM, WE BELIEVE THAT THEY STILL, THAT IT'S STILL NOT A LIVING WAGE.

HOWEVER, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES.

IT'S A WAY FOR FOLKS TO CONTINUE TO BUILD THEIR LIVES HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND WE REALLY HOPE THAT YOU ALL SUPPORT, UM, THE LIVING WAGE GOING UP TO $22 AN HOUR.

GOOD MORNING IS THAT ONE, UH, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS JEREMY HENDRICKS AND I'M WITH THE LABORS INTERNATIONAL UNION.

I'M ALSO VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL BUILDING TRADES AND APPRECIATE THE INVITATION THIS MORNING TO COME SPEAK TO YOU.

UM, I'LL REMIND YOU, I'VE SERVED ON EVERY LIVING WAGE TASK FORCE SINCE WE PASSED THE $11 WAGE BEFORE TEN ONE, AND AUSTIN HAS ALWAYS BEEN BEHIND, UH, ALTHOUGH ACHIEVING $15 BY 2018 WAS EARLY.

UNFORTUNATELY WE STOPPED THERE AND DURING A PANDEMIC WHERE AS CAROL SAID, CITY WORKERS HAVE WORKED HARDER, LONGER HOURS TO PROVIDE MORE SERVICES TO FOLKS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE SAFE, UM, AND SURVIVE THIS PANDEMIC.

THEY HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND.

AND SO NOT RAISING THE WAGE SINCE 2018 IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.

UM, AND I'LL REMIND YOU THAT THIS DOES EXTEND TO CONTRACTS.

AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF COMPETITION IN THE MARKET.

WHEN IT COMES TO CONSTRUCTION, THERE ARE HUGE PROJECTS COMING UP AND IT'S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO FIND WORKERS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO LIVE HERE AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY POVERTY WAGES ANYMORE.

SO THE, UH, THE DANGEROUS WORK THAT THEY DO ABSOLUTELY DESERVES BETTER PAY.

AND WHEN YOU HAVE MASSIVE PROJECTS COMING UP AND I'LL REMIND YOU, THIS ALSO EXTENDS THE PROJECT CONNECT AND PROJECT CONNECT, WHICH NOW HAS BALLOONED OVER $10 BILLION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND WORKERS ON THOSE MASSIVE PROJECTS UNLESS WE PAY A COMPETITIVE RATE.

AND SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE NOT ONLY PAY THOSE WAGES TO GET PROJECTS DONE ON TIME AND ON BUDGET, BUT TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE HIGH QUALITY CONSTRUCTION ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS AND TO GET THE BEST, MOST SKILLED WORKERS, WE'VE GOT TO PAY THE $22 WAGE.

AND THAT IS STILL BELOW MANY CRAFTS, BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY A STARTING POINT, AS FABIOLA SAID, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE MORE COMPETITIVE AND THAT WE GET BACK ON TRACK.

SO I ASK YOU TO DO THE WORK THAT'S SO IMPORTANT, UH, AND TO USE DISCRETIONARY FUNDING OR WHATEVER'S AT YOUR ACCESS.

WHEN WE ARE ONE OF THE MOST WEALTHIEST CITIES IN AMERICA, WE'VE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF OUR LOW WAGE WORKERS.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I AM MOTHER .

I'M THE RECTOR OF ST.

JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AND I'M A LEADER WITH CENTRAL TEXAS INTERFAITH CENTRAL TEXAS ENTERPRISE HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR LIVING WAGES SINCE 2008.

WE FOUGHT TO ENSURE THAT COMPANIES ASKING FOR CITY INCENTIVES WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY LIVING WAGES.

WE WERE PART OF THE CITY'S TASK FORCE IN 2015, THAT RECOMMENDED THAT THE CITY EMPLOYEES WOULD GET PAID 1683, NOT 15.

THAT WAS A CHANGE.

IT WAS 60 AND 83 WAS A RECOMMENDATION

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BY 2020.

IT IS NOW 2022, AND WE'RE STILL AT 15 CITY EMPLOYEES ARE THE WORKERS.

AND THEY'RE THE ONES WHO PICK UP OUR TRASH.

THEY FILL THE POTHOLES.

THEY'RE THE ONES THAT MAKE SURE THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE SAFE WHEN THEY GO TO THE POOL.

THEY'RE THE ONES THAT MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S LIBRARIES IN THE LIBRARY, AND THERE'S SOMEBODY THERE TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO READ.

AND THEY'RE NOT JUST WORKERS.

THEY'RE ALSO MEMBERS OF OUR CONGREGATIONS.

THERE ARE PARENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND THERE ARE NEIGHBORS MEMBERS OF MY OWN CONGREGATION ARE WORRIED WHETHER THE, NOT THAT OUR CITY EMPLOYEES, WHETHER OR NOT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO STAY HERE IN AUSTIN.

THE HIGH COST OF LIVING MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR OUR CITY EMPLOYEES TO LIVE IN THE CITY THAT THEY WORK IN INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE, AS YOU'VE HEARD, INCREASES OTHER PEOPLE'S WAGES, EMPLOYEES WHO WORK FOR COMPANIES THAT CONTRACT WITH THE CITY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, AS WELL AS EMPLOYEES OF COMPANIES RECEIVING TAX ABATEMENTS FROM THE CITY, COUGHING A POSITIVE RIPPLE EFFECT ON THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

WE CALL ON YOU TO INCREASE THE CITY, LIVING WAGES TO $22 THIS YEAR.

THINK ABOUT IT.

THAT'S ONLY A LITTLE OVER 40,000, $45,000 A YEAR, AS IT'S BEEN SAID, IT'S NOT ENOUGH, BUT IT'S A START.

ADD AN AND TO MAKE SURE THAT BY 2027, WE'RE AT $27 AN HOUR DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I WOULD REALLY, UM, ADVISE YOU TO READ THE PROPOSAL WE PASSED OUT TO YOU BECAUSE IT'S LIKE, WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN.

WE DID IT EIGHT YEARS AGO.

AND FOR WHATEVER REASON, IT DIDN'T MOVE.

THERE WAS A SOLID RECOMMENDATION IN THERE.

WE HAD MR. UM, OH MY GOODNESS.

US DERMOT FROM MIT WHO HELPED US, WHO SHARED A LOT OF BURIED VALUABLE INFORMATION AT THE TIME.

AND HERE WE ARE EIGHT YEARS LATER DOING THE SAME THING.

AGAIN, HAVING A COMMITTEE, TALKING ABOUT MAKING A RECOMMENDATION, LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS, TRYING TO BE SMART, BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS TODAY, WE DIDN'T KNOW, WE COULDN'T HAVE FORESEEN THE PANDEMIC.

WE COULDN'T HAVE FORESEEN THE STORM.

AND THOSE ADDITIONAL STRESSORS HAVE PLAYED A BIG ROLE IN WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY, BUT SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE, WE NEED MORE WORKERS.

WE CANNOT HIRE WORKERS.

THOSE WHO WORK HERE ARE THEY'RE DONE.

THEY'RE SPENT, THEY NEED YOUR HELP.

WE'VE GOT TO BE COMPETITIVE.

WE HAVE GOT TO RAISE THE WAGE FOR THESE WORKERS, PLEASE.

UH, WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESS, IT'S A VERY LARGE BUDGET.

AND I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF DECISIONS AND THERE ARE A LOT OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE WANT.

I GET THAT.

BUT USUALLY THOSE PROGRAMS ARE STAFFED WITH WORKERS.

AND IF WE CAN'T HIRE THE WORKERS, WE CAN'T DO YOUR PROGRAMS. SO HELP US HELP YOU TO GET THINGS DONE FOR THIS COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THESE EMPLOYEES, THEY LOVE WORKING FOR THIS COMMUNITY, BUT THEY JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.

SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE, AND I THINK THAT'S THE WAGE.

SO THANK YOU FOR, I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION, APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WORKING YET AGAIN ON THIS AS A, AS A WORKING GROUP SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

AND SO I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT ALL THE THOUSAND PLUS, UH, ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THAT, AND I'M SURE I'M NOT ALONE, UH, IN HAVING CONVEYED TO THE MANAGER IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM AS A LEAD UP TO THE BUDGET THAT, UH, MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE COMPETITIVE, UH, WITH, UH, OUR EMPLOYEES IS, IS THE HIGHEST PERSONAL PRIORITY IN TERMS OF THE, THE BUDGET THAT IS, UH, IS MOVING, UH, UH, FORWARD AND COMING TO US.

UH, BUT COLLEAGUES, CONVERSATION OR COMMENTS ON THIS? YES.

IS IT ON? OKAY, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

I REALLY GREATLY APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE LIVABLE WAGE WORKING GROUP.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU ALL SHARING THIS MEMO THAT KIND OF HIGHLIGHTS THE, THE HISTORY OF LEADING UP TO, UH, SETTING THE MINIMUM OR SET RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE TO 15.

AND KNOWING THAT WE NEVER GOT TO 1683 AND KNOWING THAT WE'VE NOW BEEN FOUR YEARS AT $15 PER HOUR, WE'VE REMAINED STAGNANT.

AND THE IMPACT

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THAT THAT HAS HAD NOT ONLY ON CITY OPERATIONS, BUT THAT THE IMPACT THAT IT'S HAD ON OUR COMMUNITIES, COLLEAGUES, WE KNOW THAT HALF OF OUR SWIMMING POOLS RIGHT NOW ARE NOT OPEN BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE LIFEGUARDS TO FILL THEM.

WE ALSO KNOW THAT MANY OF OUR DEPARTMENTS HAVE HIGH VACANCY RATES.

I THINK I COUNTED NEARLY 13 DEPARTMENTS HAVE A VACANCY RATE OF OVER 20% AT THIS TIME.

AND WE KNOW THAT THIS ISSUE IS NOT UNIQUE TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

MANY INDUSTRIES, COMPANIES, SECTORS ARE DEALING WITH LABOR SHORTAGES.

AND SO THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, IS THAT WE HAVE TO RAISE THE WAGE IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT OUR HARDWORKING AUSTINITES CAN ONLY LIVE IN THE CITY, BUT THAT THEY CAN AFFORD IT AND HAVE A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE.

AND SO THAT WE CAN DELIVER THE SERVICES NEEDED AS A CITY GOVERNMENT.

AND SO FOR ME, I'M SUPER SUPPORTIVE OF RAISING THE LIVABLE WAGE.

I THINK THAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

I THINK IT'S THE RESPONSIBLE THING FOR US TO DO KNOWING JUST HOW DEEP THIS ISSUE IS.

UM, SO I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR US TODAY.

ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAVE JUST TO BETTER UNDERSTAND, UM, WHY WE DIDN'T GET TO 1683 AND I DON'T KNOW, CITY MANAGER, IF YOU'RE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THIS OR PERHAPS OUR HR DIRECTOR, UM, BUT JUST WHY TO SEE SOME CONTEXT AS TO, UM, THE PREVIOUS WORKING GROUP LAID OUT A PATHWAY FOR US TO, TO REACH $15 AND THEN 1683.

AND THEN JUST KNOWING IF YOU COULD JUST SHARE ANY INSIGHT AS TO WHY WE'VE BEEN AT 15 FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER.

AND I'LL PROVIDE SOME JUST BECAUSE THIS WAS SOMEWHAT BEFORE MY TIME.

AND SO I KNOW THAT IT WAS A COMMITMENT WHEN I FIRST CAME ON BOARD TO INCREASE THE RATES IN WHICH WE WERE ABLE TO GET TO 15.

AND SO I THINK THAT AMOUNTS CAME SOONER THAN WAS EVEN ANTICIPATED IN THE WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDATION AND FOR THE PREVIOUS STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION.

BUT AS YOU KNOW, WITH ANY BUDGET, THERE ARE THE CONVERSATIONS AROUND, ARE YOU GOING TO DO AN INCREASE IN ACROSS THE BOARD, UM, INCREASES FOR EMPLOYEES? UM, HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT THERE ARE THE LEVERS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE PULLING? UM, AND AGAIN, WHAT THE MANAGER PROPOSES THEM, WHAT THE CULTS ULTIMATELY ADOPTS, UH, IS, UH, ON THE CASE-BY-CASE YEAR BY YEAR BASIS.

AND SO, UM, WE'D HAVE TO GO THROUGH EACH YEAR TO DETERMINE WHY WE DIDN'T MOVE PAST THE 15, BUT AS HAS BEEN NOTED, WE'VE BEEN IN A PANDEMIC AND WE'VE HAD SOME CHALLENGES AND JUST BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE HARD WORKING STAFF THAT WE HAVE.

YEAH.

AND I KNOW, YOU KNOW, I WAS JUST TALKING TO COUNCILMAN RENTERIA BEFORE WE STARTED.

AND HE MENTIONED THAT CAP METRO, UH, IT WILL BE PAYING THEIR BUS DRIVERS $22 PER HOUR.

SO KNOWING JUST HOW MUCH OTHER SECTORS INCLUDING PUBLIC SECTOR ARE MOVING TOWARDS LIFTING THE WAGE.

UM, SO THAT, UH, TO ME IS AN ISSUE THAT I THINK, UM, THAT WE AS POLICY MAKERS CAN HAVE AND DELIBERATE IN THE COMING WEEKS AND AS PART OF THE BUDGET PROCESS.

AND, UM, SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU.

BECAUSE WE'RE HARPER, MADISON COUNCIL MEMBER, KITCHEN COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, SO I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH COUNCIL MEMBER FLINT.

THIS IS OBSERVATIONS, BUT I ALSO HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT.

AND I THINK ALL OF YOU RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE AN EASY PROCESS.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A SIMPLE PROCESS.

AND SO LIKE TO YOUR POINT ABOUT THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE GOING TO FALL SHORT, THE PROGRAMS THAT EITHER WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST OR NOT.

UM, AND THE, THE PEOPLE WHO WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN OR NOT, YOU KNOW, IT'S SOMETIMES SOUNDS DEFEATIST WHEN I'M, I'M LITERALLY TELLING MY CONSTITUENTS ON OCCASION, JUST PREPARE TO MOVE.

I MEAN, IT SOUNDS TERRIBLE, RIGHT.

BUT PREPARE TO HAVE TO LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL YOU'RE SIX IN ARREARS ON YOUR RENT GO NOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO, YOU KNOW, AND THAT SOUNDS DEFEATIST AND IT BREAKS MY HEART TO HAVE TO SAY IT, BUT IT'S TRUE.

AND SO, AS WE'RE ACCEPTING SOME OF THESE REALLY DIFFICULT TRUTHS, YOU KNOW, TO THE POINT ABOUT NOBODY BEING ABLE TO ANTICIPATE THE WINTER STORM, NOBODY BEING ABLE TO ANTICIPATE.

I MEAN, I REALLY DON'T THINK ANY OF US HAVE TRULY FELT THE IMPACT THAT COVID HAS HAD ON OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE.

AND I DON'T MEAN AUSTIN.

I DON'T MEAN CENTRAL TEXAS.

I MEAN, INTERNATIONALLY.

I REALLY DON'T THINK ANY OF US HAVE ANY CLUE, JUST HOW MUCH IT'S IMPACTED US.

UM, SO TO SAY, WHILE I RECOGNIZE THERE ARE SOME SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS, IT SOUNDS CONDESCENDING.

AND TRUST ME, I'M NOT, THAT IS NOT MY ATTEMPT.

I AM SAYING THOUGH, HOWEVER, AS WE MOVE INTO THE BUDGET PROCESS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS MY FOURTH ONE, AND EVERY ONE HAS GOTTEN MORE DIFFICULT THAN THE LAST, UM, AND EVERY SINGLE TIME.

SO THE LAST ONE, FOR EXAMPLE, OUR BUDGET OFFICE SAID, HEY, GUYS, DON'T ASK FOR MORE THAN ONE THING.

WE GOT ENOUGH FOR YOU TO ASK FOR ONE THING.

AND I ASKED FOR ONE THING, YOU KNOW, AND BARELY GOT THAT.

AND SO RECOGNIZING THAT ALL MY COLLEAGUES HAD MULTIPLE THINGS THAT THEY HAD TO ASK FOR, BECAUSE THESE ARE THINGS THAT WERE RELATIVE AND IMPORTANT.

UM, I

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GUESS I'M CURIOUS IN MANAGER, MAYBE YOU CAN HELP ME WITH THIS.

I'M CURIOUS, AT WHAT POINT DO WE INVOLVE, SO THIS WORKING GROUP, FOR EXAMPLE, I UNDERSTAND THAT LEVEL OF FRUSTRATION THAT THEY MUST EXPERIENCE SAYING, HEY, WE ALREADY TOLD YOU GUYS WHAT OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE YEARS AGO.

AND SO TO HAVE TO COME BACK AND ASK AGAIN, THERE'S A LEVEL OF FRUSTRATION AND IT PROBABLY FEELS LIKE, IT SEEMS LIKE IT FEELS LIKE THE CITY IS NOT BEHIND YOU.

UM, AND THAT'S CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE, BUT WHEN YOU RECOGNIZE THE, THE WIDE SPECTRUM OF THE, OUR CONSTITUENTS.

SO OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR WORKERS, OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS, OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE PRIVATE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE TO PAY WORKERS THAT HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN OPEN THEIR DOORS.

THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN STAY IN BUSINESS.

IT'S IT'S EVERYBODY, RIGHT? SO IN OUR SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE TO CONSIDER EVERYBODY AND EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF, I KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE A LARGE BUDGET, BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT MONEY IS FINITE.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH OF IT.

AND SO HAVING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THINGS GO IS A PART OF THE DIFFICULTY, RIGHT? SO, SO MUCH OF OUR CONVERSATION AS OF LATE, ESPECIALLY ABOUT HOUSING, I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT YOU LED WITH THE CONVERSATION ON HOUSING.

WE JUST IT'S, NON-NEGOTIABLE, THAT'S JUST, THAT'S ONE THING THAT WE CAN DO THAT WILL HELP OUR CITY AT LARGE HELP OUR WORKERS AT LARGE, MAKE OUR CITY MORE AFFORDABLE TO LIVE IN WHICH, YOU KNOW, TO THE POINT ABOUT BEING A RELATIVE DEFEATIST, HAVING TO SAY, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE HERE.

THAT IN LARGE PART HAS TO DO WITH, WE LOOK AT AROUND AND TAKING THE PULSE OF, OF OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND STATE GOVERNMENT AND OUR RESTRICTIONS AND SAYING, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE HERE.

IF WE DON'T MAKE DRASTIC, BOLD MOVES FOR HOUSING CAPACITY, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE HERE.

AND SO I THINK IT'S TWOFOLD MANAGER ONE.

HOW DO WE INVOLVE FOLKS WHO ARE POLICYMAKERS AROUND HOUSING IN A WAY THAT'S SUBSTANTIVE THAT REALLY HELPS US AS A BODY TO MOVE THE NEEDLE ON PRODUCING HOUSING.

THE YIELD IS JUST NOT ENOUGH AND IT'S AFFECTING EVERYTHING.

WE NEED MORE HOUSING, BUT THEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHEN I THINK ABOUT, EXCUSE ME, OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY AND OUR DISCUSSIONS AROUND MAKING DECISIONS WITH THE BUDGET.

ARE THERE ANY, I KNOW THAT THERE'S THE, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND THE BUDGET, YOU KNOW, TOOLS, BUT HONESTLY, I, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK, PEOPLE WHO ARE HAVING TO MOVE TO NEATER WALLED IN GEORGETOWN, IN BASTROP COUNTY.

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE LIST, WHAT WOULD THEY SELECT AS THE SERVICES THAT WE COULD DO WITHOUT? WHAT WOULD THEY SELECT AS THE PROGRAMMATIC EFFORTS WE COULD DO WITH THAT? WHAT WOULD THEY SELECT AS YOU KNOW, WHILE I APPRECIATE THAT THIS IS IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF PRIORITIZATION, IT'S THIRD TIER, NOT FIRST OR SECOND, YOU KNOW, I, I WISH THE CONVERSATION WERE MORE COLLABORATIVE.

UM, AND THAT WAY, I MEAN, MAYBE SELFISHLY AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN EVERYBODY DOESN'T GET WHAT THEY NEED, IT'S NOT THE BODY, THAT'S THE BAD GUY, RIGHT? I WANT FOR US AS A COMMUNITY TO HAVE TO SAY, THIS IS OUR BUCKET OF MONEY.

HOW DO WE SPEND IT? AND EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES.

EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HAVE TO DETERMINE THAT THESE RESOURCES ARE FINITE AND SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE.

AND I THINK NOT HAVING TO BE THE ULTIMATE SAY IN THAT HAVING MORE CONTRIBUTION FROM THE GENERAL COMMUNITY WOULD BE HELPFUL THAT WAY IT'S, IT'S ALL OF OURS, RIGHT? IT'S NOT JUST OURS AS A BODY.

THE OTHERNESS OF THAT, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITY AND THE BODY.

I THINK THE OTHERNESS IS A PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH OUR ABILITY TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE COMMUNITY.

HOW DO WE BRING THEM INTO THE CONVERSATION, MORE ON AFFORDABILITY, I E HOUSING AND TO THE ALLOCATION OF OUR BUDGET, OBVIOUSLY A GREAT CONVERSATION COUNCIL MEMBER.

AND ALTHOUGH THIS ISN'T A BUDGET PRESENTATION, I LOOK FORWARD TO BOTH TALKING ABOUT HOW, THE WAYS IN WHICH WE HAVE ENGAGED WITH DIFFERENT COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS THROUGHOUT THE BUDGET PROCESS.

SO FAR OUR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, UH, WE'VE HAD THE SPEAK UP AUSTIN AND WE'RE GOING TO BE HAVING TOWN HALLS WITH MANY OF YOU.

UM, AND SO THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY AS WE MAKE THOSE IMPORTANT DECISIONS AROUND HOW WE'RE PRIORITIZING OUR LIMITED RESOURCES, ESPECIALLY WITH A THREE AND A HALF PERCENT CAP THAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH.

UH, BUT THIS IS, THIS IS EXACTLY THE WHY, WHY I LOVE THIS CITY.

WHY I KNOW EACH OF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THIS WORK BECAUSE WE HAVE SUCH AN ENGAGED COMMUNITY.

AND SO I EVEN SEE THE NEXT CONVERSATION THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE HAVING ON SOME OF THE PULLED ITEMS ON AFFORDABILITY IS A WAY TO SAY THESE ARE SOME OF THOSE POLICY DECISIONS.

HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY IS ALSO ENGAGED IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS AS WELL? BUT THIS IS, THIS IS JUST THE START OF IT.

AND I KNOW THAT EVERY YEAR, UH, WE HAVE A ROBUST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS ON OUR BUDGET, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO ANY OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS THAT MIGHT HAVE AND HOW DO WE CAN FURTHER ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY IN DEVELOPING THAT.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND I KNOW, I DON'T THINK I'M THE ONE THAT MAKE THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

HONESTLY, I THINK IT'S THE WORKING GROUP TO MAKE THE RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT HOW WE CAN ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY.

WOULD YOU SAY, WOULD ANY OF YOU WHO PRESENTED THIS MORNING SAY THAT THERE'S BEEN A ROBUST EFFORT TO PARTICIPATE ON BEHALF OF THE WORKERS WHO OBVIOUSLY NEED,

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YOU KNOW, TO NOT BE STUCK IN THIS STAGNANT WAGE SCENARIO, OR ARE THEY CONTRIBUTING TO THE DIALOGUE? ARE THEY DIALING INTO THE WEBSITE THAT SAYS SPEAK UP HERE? WHATEVER THE THING I JUST, I KNOW ANECDOTALLY, A LOT OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THOSE PROCESSES.

SO I WONDER HOW ROBUST IT IS, THE POTENTIAL.

I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS WEBSITE, BUT WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THE PEOPLE AT THIS TABLE AND THE PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE LIVING WAGE TASK FORCE REPRESENTS TENS UPON TENS UPON TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, CONGREGATIONALISTS, AND OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN AND THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN CENTRAL TEXAS.

AND SO A LOT OF OUR FOLKS OBVIOUSLY CAN'T AFFORD TO LIVE IN TOWN.

THE FOLKS THAT ARE WORKING ON THIS CONSTRUCTION SITE RIGHT OVER HERE, I GUARANTEE YOU DON'T LIVE IN TOWN.

THEY LIVE IN SMITHVILLE AND ELSEWHERE.

AND THE IT'S AFFORDABILITY IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT, BUT BUILDING APARTMENT COMPLEXES REQUIRING I DON'T CARE IF YOU REQUIRED 80% AFFORDABILITY, THOSE ARE BAND-AIDS PAYING PEOPLE MORE MONEY IS THE BEST RIPPLE EFFECT THAT YOU CAN GET IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND BECAUSE THIS NOT ONLY EXTENDS TO CITY EMPLOYEES, PEOPLE, THE AIRPORT, BUT ALSO CONTRACTS, IT ABSOLUTELY ARE GOING TO HAVE RIPPLE EFFECTS THAT WILL AFFECT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS.

AND SO IT IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST DECISION AND INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE.

I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE WANTS TO ADD TO THAT.

YES.

I AGREE WITH WHAT MY, UM, WHAT, UH, MY COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING.

AND SO THERE'S JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS, UH, I WANNA, UH, TALK ABOUT IN A, IN A BIT MORE DETAIL.

UM, YOU KNOW, I AGREE WITH COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON, THAT HOUSING IS IMPORTANT AND WE'RE GOING TO START TO WORK ON THAT.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT MORE WE NEED TO DO.

UM, I ALSO AGREE THAT, YOU KNOW, WAGES ARE FUNDAMENTAL.

I MEAN, BOTTOM LINE IS WE, WHAT PEOPLE CAN EARN AND FOR THEIR WORK, UM, IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THEIR ABILITY TO LIVE.

UM, AND SO THAT THAT'S KEY TO ME, UM, TO ME, UM, PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET PAID WHAT THEY'RE WORTH AND TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY.

SO, SO I'M WONDERING, I'M THINKING ALSO, I KNOW, UH, I KNOW CITY MANAGER THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU HAVE MADE THIS A PRIORITY, UH, IN TERMS OF FOCUSING ON, UH, RAISING WAGES.

UM, I HAVE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS FOR YOU AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS.

UH, FIRST OFF, I THINK THAT I THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS TIME.

UH, WE'VE BEEN TALKING RIGHT NOW ABOUT, YOU KNOW, PREVIOUS TASKFORCE THAT WE'VE HAD AND THAT HAVE SET A PATH THAT WE DIDN'T FOLLOW, UH, FOR WHATEVER REASON.

SO TO THE EXTENT THAT WE SET A PATH THIS TIME, IT NEEDS TO BE DONE DIFFERENTLY WITH SOME MORE SURETY AROUND IT, SO THAT WE'RE NOT IN THE SAME SITUATION THAT WE ARE TODAY.

YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND OF COURSE THAT NEXT YEAR, YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER THAT, THERE MAY BE UNFORESEEN THINGS, BUT IF WE JUST DO THE SAME THING THAT WE DID LAST TIME, WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT MOVING THE BALL, YOU KNOW, SO THERE'S THAT I WANT TO SAY.

AND, UM, I ALSO THINK THAT HEARING FROM THE COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT, UH, BECAUSE THE BUDGET TO THE TRANSPARENCY IN THE BUDGET PROCESS IS IMPORTANT, BUT TO DO THAT, THE PUBLIC HAS TO UNDERSTAND THE TRADE OFFS.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN BRINGING FORWARD, UM, SOME ACTION ON THIS ITEM IS, UM, IS TO SAY CITY MANAGER TO GET US TO 22.

IF YOU CAN'T GET US TO 22, IF THAT'S NOT FEASIBLE, TELL US WHY AND TELL US WHAT IT WOULD TAKE, BECAUSE THE KIND OF FEEDBACK THAT, UM, THAT'S BEEN SUGGESTED, WHICH IS GREAT.

I REALLY, UH, I REALLY APPLAUD AND AGREE WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COMMUNITY BEING PART OF THIS DECISION-MAKING TO DO THAT.

THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE TRADE-OFFS ARE.

SO IF WE, IF, IF WE JUST HEAR FROM YOU THAT IT'S NOT FEASIBLE TO GET TO 22, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHY, OR, AND WE DON'T KNOW, WELL, WHAT'S THE CHOICES THEN WE AS A BODY AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE CAN'T, UM, CAN'T SAY THEY CAN'T SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, WE'D RATHER, WE'D RATHER PAY WAGES, YOU KNOW, UH, WE'D RATHER MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING FOLKS TO, UH, TO A HIGHER LEVEL.

SO I THINK IT'S GOING TO, IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO HAVE TRANSPARENCY IN THE BUDGET PROCESS.

UH, AND WE DO HAVE A PROCESS FOR THAT, BUT, BUT THE LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY, IF WE CAN'T, YOU KNOW, IF IT, MY GOAL IS TO GET TO 22, IF WE, IF IT'S NOT FEASIBLE TO GET THERE, I, YOU KNOW, I TRUST THAT YOU WILL TELL US WHY AND WHAT OUR TRADE-OFFS ARE SO THAT WE CAN AS A BODY.

I THINK THAT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A BODY TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.

AND IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH THE COMMUNITY.

SO I WOULD JUST ASK THAT YOU DO THAT, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL THE EFFORT YOU'VE PUT IN THIS.

AND I KNOW IT'S, IT'S REALLY, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORT, WHICH I THINK JUST, YOU KNOW, DOESN'T SAY

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ENOUGH BECAUSE, UH, PEOPLE ARE, PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH HOW THEY SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, HOW THEY LIVE.

THAT IS, THAT IS JUST HUGE AND SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO TAKE TO HEART.

SO I WANT TO THANK Y'ALL FOR REPRESENTING ALL THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT YOU DO.

IS THERE A KELLY? THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

YOU, YOU BROUGHT UP SOME POINTS THAT I HAD NOT YET BEEN AWARE OF.

AND SO I APPRECIATE THAT BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

IT'LL DEFINITELY HELP US WITH THIS DISCUSSION.

I AGREE WITH COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON, IN THAT ON COUNCIL, WE HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT TO AFFECT AFFORDABILITY IN THE CITY.

AND ONE OF THOSE IS BUILDING MORE HOUSING.

UM, MY RENT UPON RENEWAL WENT UP HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS.

AND SO I'M FEELING THAT EFFECT JUST LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHER PEOPLE ACROSS THE CITY.

AND WE REALLY NEED TO BUILD MORE HOUSING AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR HOUSING TO BE BUILT HERE SO THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOVING HERE CAN COME HERE.

AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE STAYING HERE CAN STAY HERE AND AT A RATE WHERE THEY'RE ABLE TO LIVE THEIR BEST LIVES.

UM, THE, THE LAST THING I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN HERE IS IF WE DO RAISE THE WAGES FOR PEOPLE IS CUTTING THINGS THAT PROGRAMS THAT OUR COUNCIL HAS COMMITTED TO.

WE HAVE A GOAL RIGHT NOW TO HOUSE 3000 INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN THREE YEARS.

AND I WOULD HATE TO GO SHORT OF THAT GOAL BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE RAISE WAGES.

AND THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE DO HAVE TO CONSIDER, ESPECIALLY WHEN OUR REVENUE IS KEPT.

UM, ONE THING THAT YOU ALL MENTIONED WAS THAT THERE WAS AN ANNUAL COST OF $45,000 A YEAR.

COULD YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND THAT? OR MAYBE I MISHEARD YOU? YES.

WHAT I WAS SAYING, THE $22 AN HOUR IS ABOUT A LITTLE OVER $45,000 A YEAR.

SO WE HAVE THESE NUMBERS LIKE, OH, THEY'RE SO BIG.

BUT WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT HOW MUCH SOMEBODY IS EARNING A YEAR, THEN YOU REALIZE WHY IT'S SO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN AUSTIN.

IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO LIVE IN AUSTIN, EARNING 40, A LITTLE OVER $45,000.

UNDERSTOOD, THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT FOR ME, I'M JUST CURIOUS.

CITY MANAGER HAS CITY STAFF BEEN ABLE TO DO AN ANALYSIS OF HOW MUCH THIS MIGHT COST, UM, IN OUR BUDGET THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER, THE MEMO THAT WAS PUT OUT BY DIRECTOR HAYES, SHE WORKED WITH THE BUDGET OFFICE AND THEY HAVE A RANGE BETWEEN 18.2 MILLION AND 22.8 MILLION, BUT THOSE COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE SWORN EMPLOYEES.

AND WE ALSO HAVE TO DO ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS ON THE IMPACT ON COMPRESSION.

AND SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE BUDGET AND SOME OF THESE DECISIONS THAT ARE BEING CONTEMPLATED HERE, UH, THAT WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE AS MUCH TRANSPARENCY AROUND SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS AS POSSIBLE.

SO WE HAVE A GENERAL RANGE, UM, BUT I WANTED TO PUT SOME CAVEATS AROUND THAT BECAUSE IT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE SAME INCREASES OF 22 FOR ALL OF OUR SWORN EMPLOYEES AND, UH, THE IMPACT OF SOME OF THE COMPRESSION ISSUES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BEING HERE.

CAN I REMEMBER MARY ALICE MAYOR PRO TEM COUNCIL MEMBER POOL COUNCIL MEMBER TOVA.

THANK YOU, MAYOR Y'ALL WILL HAVE TO FORGIVE ME FOR SAVING MY VOICE FOR SOME OF THE OTHER CONVERSATIONS THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TODAY.

UM, BUT FOR ME, IT'S NOT A CONSIDERATION OF IF WE SHOULD DO THIS, BUT IT'S A MATTER OF HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS.

WE ABSOLUTELY CANNOT EXPECT OUR CITY TO BE ONE OF THE BEST EMPLOYERS IN TOWN, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE CAN AFFORD TO LIVE IN THIS COMMUNITY.

IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO STEP UP ON HAVING COMPETITIVE WAGES, UM, LIKE COUNCIL MEMBER POINT HAS SAID, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LIFEGUARDS, WE'RE TRYING TO RECRUIT.

WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE CAMP COUNSELORS.

AND IT IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT RESOURCE RECOVERY HAS ENOUGH EMPLOYEES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN NOT ONLY JUST PICK UP THE ROUTINE TRASH AND COMPOSTING, BUT DOING BRUSHY ITEM PICKUP.

WHEN WE HAVE SITUATIONS LIKE, YOU KNOW, WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS THAT WE'RE UNDERTAKING AS A CITY.

SO WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO STEP UP AND BE A GOOD EMPLOYER.

UM, AND I KNOW THAT YEAR OVER YEAR, THERE HAVE BEEN INCREMENTAL INCREASES IN THE, IN THE, UM, SALARIES THAT PEOPLE ARE ALREADY RECEIVING, WHICH IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, BUT WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE RECRUITING AND RETAINING THE ABSOLUTE BEST OF THE BEST TO MAKE US A PROUD CITY AND A PROUD EMPLOYER.

SO I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME.

UM, I KNOW THAT A NUMBER OF US HAVE MET WITH SOME OF THE LIFEGUARDS AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ADVOCATING TO RAISE THAT WAGE.

THESE ARE REALLY IMPORTANT JOBS, AND WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR POOLS ARE OPEN OR LIBRARIES ARE OPEN AND THAT WE CONTINUE TO EMPLOY THE BEST OF THE BEST, UH, GOOD MORNING.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK, UM, EVERY DAY AND ALSO ON THIS, ON THIS PROJECT, UM, YOU KNOW, SINCE 2020, WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, I'VE BEEN REALLY FOCUSED ON TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR OUR WORKERS AND OUR ABILITY TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, BACK IN JANUARY, MY COLLEAGUES WILL RECALL WHEN WE HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT SD TWENTY-THREE.

I SAID THAT WE NEEDED TO ADD RECRUITMENT

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AND RETENTION OF OUR WORKFORCE AS ONE OF OUR KEY PRIORITIES AND FOCUS ON, ON THAT.

SO, YOU KNOW, FOR ME, UM, KEEPING OUR WORKFORCE COMPETITIVE IS A HIGH PRIORITY, A HIGHEST PRIORITY IN, IN THE BUDGET.

UM, ALSO BEEN LOOKING AT OUR NINE 11 WORKERS, OUR VICTIM SERVICES, OUR CDL DRIVERS, UM, ET CETERA.

UM, SO I'M REALLY COMMITTED TO A WAGE INCREASE.

I THINK WHAT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS SAID.

I THINK IT'S A HOW AND WHEN QUESTION, UM, WHICH IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A COUNCIL, UM, TO WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CITY MANAGER IN AND FIGURE OUT I DO EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT WAGE INCREASE.

I CAN'T TELL YOU AT THIS POINT, WHETHER 22 IS REALISTIC OR WHETHER IT'S FEASIBLE.

UM, BUT I DO EXPECT AN INCREASE FROM 15 AND, AND I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT, UM, WE WERE NOT, UM, ABLE TO DO IT FROM 15 AND WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHY AND HAVE SUGGESTED THAT WE NEED TO HAVE GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN THE BUDGET OVER THE WAGES SO THAT COUNCIL CAN REALLY SEE WHERE WE ARE.

THINGS ARE ACHIEVING.

THIS GOAL THOUGH IS GOING TO BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT UNDER A 3.5% BUDGET CAP.

IT REQUIRES ONGOING FUNDING.

AND SO IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO, UM, ACTUALLY REALIZE THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND, AND FIGURE OUT WHAT TIMEFRAME WORKS, WE NEED ANSWERS TO A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

UM, AND I DON'T KNOW, UM, THE CITY MANAGER, IF YOU'RE PREPARED TO ANSWER THOSE, BUT, BUT I'M GOING TO THROW OUT SOME THAT I THINK ARE REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE ABLE, UM, TO THINK ABOUT THINGS FOR THIS.

UM, SO WE'RE TALKING HERE, YOU KNOW, ESSENTIALLY ABOUT WORKERS WHO ARE MAKING FROM 15 TO 22, UM, IT'S UNCLEAR FROM THE ESTIMATES AT WHAT POINT IT CUTS OFF WITH COMPRESSION.

UM, SO WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT PORTION OF OUR EMPLOYEES ARE MAKING BETWEEN 15 AND $22.

WE ALSO NEED TO TRACK WHERE THOSE VACANCIES ARE AND ARE THOSE VACANCIES TRACKING TO THE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE IN THE 15 TO $22 RANGE, ANECDOTALLY, THERE'S ALSO A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ABOVE THAT RANGE, WHO ARE, UM, YOU KNOW, ALSO LEAVING THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF WAGES.

AND THIS PROPOSAL DOESN'T PROVIDE THEM MUCH OF A BUMP IN TERMS OF THE COST.

UM, AND WE CAN'T LEAVE OUT THOSE FOLKS.

UM, I'VE BEEN, YOU KNOW, REALLY IMMERSED IN 9 1 1, AND THE FOLKS WHO ARE THREATENING FROM THE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TO LEAVE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING ABOVE $22 BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LOT MORE EXPERIENCE AND THEY HAVEN'T HAD THEIR, THEIR WAGES RAISED, UM, A $7 INCREASES, A 40% INCREASE FOR THOSE WHO ARE AT THE LOWEST LEVEL.

BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR SOMEBODY WHO'S MAKING $30 WHO MAY BE AS VALUABLE TO THE CITY AND VERY CRITICAL.

WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE LOOKING AT THIS QUESTION AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS ALL ACROSS THE SPECTRUM.

SO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT PORTION OF OUR BUDGET OVERALL IS WAGES, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT GENERAL FUND WHEN WE DO THIS, IT'S ALL OF OUR ENTERPRISE FUNDS.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR RATES? UM, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AFFORDABILITY.

WE HAVE TO WEIGH THE LEVER, LET THE LEDGER ON THE OTHER OTHER SIDE.

UM, AT THIS POINT I HAVE NO COMPREHENSION OF WHAT THIS MEANS WITH RESPECT TO OUR SWORN AND OUR CONTRACTS, UM, THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE, UM, THAT WE ARE PROVIDING LIVABLE WAGES TO OUR EMS, OUR POLICE AND FIRE, WHICH IS 60% PLUS OF OUR GENERAL FUND ALONE.

UM, AND SO ANYTHING WE DO FOR THE LIVABLE WAGE HAS REPERCUSSIONS FOR THOSE.

AND FINANCIALLY WE HAVE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AND COME UP WITH THAT.

UM, FOR COMPRESSION WHO'S INCLUDED IN THE ESTIMATES FOR COMPRESSION, IF YOU GO UP $7 AND YOU HAVE ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE MAKING $28, $29, $30, AND THEY DON'T GET ANYWHERE NEAR THAT, YOU CREATE A WHOLE HOST OF CHALLENGES THAT HAVE TO BE MANAGED AND THAT WE CANNOT IGNORE BECAUSE WE WANT 22 IN 22.

UM, I AGREE, UM, COMPLETELY WITH COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, THAT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE TRADE-OFFS.

I THINK COUNCIL ALSO NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE TRADE OFFS AND THE TRADE-OFFS MIGHT INVOLVE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR JOBS.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE START CUTTING THINGS, UM, OR, YOU KNOW, IT MAY BE THAT WE CAN'T INCREASE THE NUMBER OF EMS PROFESSIONALS OR POLICE OR FIRE.

AND THEN WE CREATE EXTRA BURDENS.

UM, IN THOSE AREAS, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO THINK HOLISTICALLY, IT IS A BIG CHALLENGE, THE, AND, AND THE NEED IS REAL.

UM, BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE, TO BE ANSWERED.

I DO WANT TO JUST, YOU KNOW,

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REITERATE THAT ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE THAT WE NEED A SIGNIFICANT WAGE INCREASE.

UM, AND WE NEED A PLAN TO GET TO A HIGHER LIVABLE WAGE OVER TIME.

UM, WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS BUDGET IS GOING TO DEPEND ON, YOU KNOW, GETTING THESE QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND SEEING WHAT THE TRADE-OFFS ARE AND MAKING, UM, SOME TOUGH DECISIONS.

I'M NOT PREPARED TO, TO MAKE A DECISION BEFORE I KNOW WHAT THOSE TRADE-OFFS ARE AND GET THOSE, THOSE QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

THANKS.

AND I WANTED TO THANK THE LIVING WAGE WORK GROUP.

UM, REALLY SINCERELY FOR THE WORK YOU'VE DISTILLED CONCERNS THAT WE ALL SHARE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO SUPPORT HIGHER WAGES ACROSS THE BOARD.

WE NEED TO HAVE A PLAN FOR HOW TO GET THERE.

I DON'T THINK WE HAVE THAT YET.

PART OF THE REASON WHY WE DON'T HAVE THAT YET AS WE DON'T ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THE COSTS WILL BE AND WHAT THE TRADE-OFFS ARE.

MY ROLE AS A COUNCIL MEMBER IS TO HELP MAKE THOSE DECISIONS, WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN THE ROLE THAT THE LIVING WAGE BROOK GROUP HAS, WHICH IS TO ADVOCATE, TO ISOLATE THE SPECIFICS AND THEN TO DETERMINE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THEN TO ADVOCATE FOR THEM.

AND YOU ARE DOING THAT REALLY WELL.

AND I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT IT IS A SPUR AND THAT IS OF COURSE NECESSARY.

I DO THINK THAT SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE, UM, LEAVING GOVERNMENT WORK, LOOKING FOR HIGHER WAGES AT SAY A TECH COMPANY, THERE'LL BE BACK BECAUSE WORKING IN CORPORATE AMERICA IS REALLY, REALLY DIFFERENT FROM WORKING IN PUBLIC SERVICE.

AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR JOB IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.

AND THAT'S NOT THE CASE HERE, UM, AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN, WE'RE, UH, A REALLY GOOD PLACE TO WORK FOR A LOT OF REASONS, BUT YEAH, WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE SALARIES.

I LIKE THAT YOU WERE FOCUSING ON THE, THE LOWEST WAGE EARNERS THAT'S KEY.

BUT WHAT I DON'T SEE IS EQUAL ADDRESSING OF THE MID RANGE, BASICALLY WHAT I'M CALLING THE MIDDLE-CLASS.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO MAKE POVERTY WAGES, UM, OR LOW INCOMES.

THERE'S A LOT OF PROGRAMS FOR THOSE FOLKS.

THE WEALTHY DON'T REALLY NEED GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT ENOUGH MONEY THAT THEY CAN MAKE DO, BUT I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS MY ENTIRE LIFE, AND I DON'T GET ANY SUPPORT REALLY FROM GOVERNMENT AT THE BOTTOM.

AND I DON'T KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP YET, AND I THINK I'M SPEAKING FOR A MAJORITY OF CITY OF AUSTIN AND GOVERNMENT WORKERS, AND I'VE BASICALLY WORKED IN GOVERNMENT MY ENTIRE LIFE WITH THE FEW EXCEPTIONS OF A NON-PROFIT HERE AND A BANK ACTUALLY FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF WHEN I FIRST CAME TO AUSTIN.

SO IT'S THE, MIDDLE-CLASS THE MIDDLE WAGE EARNERS THAT I REALLY WANT TO, UM, SEE, UM, EMBRACED.

UM, SO I SUPPORT WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

I SUPPORT THE MAYOR PRO TEM DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TRADE-OFFS AND THE NEED FOR A PLAN.

I URGE THAT WE, AS A DIOCESE, LOOK AT OUR MIDDLE WAGE, UH, EXPERIENCED, I'M GOING TO USE THE WORD TENURED.

I DON'T NECESSARILY MEAN TENURED, BUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HERE SEVEN TO 10 OR MORE YEARS, THEY NEED TO SEE THAT THEY ARE VALUED.

AND WE DO.

AND IN A CAPITALIST SOCIETY LOOK AT VALUE AS SALARIES, BUT THEY'RE ALSO INTRINSIC BENEFITS THAT WORKING IN GOVERNMENT ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS WHY I'M SAYING THAT.

I THINK EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO CORPORATE AMERICA, I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO BE COMING BACK.

I HAD A QUESTION FOR, UM, MAYBE FOR OUR DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND IT HAS TO DO WITH THE SALARY INCREASES THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN ANNUALLY SINCE WE MOVED THE MINIMUM WAGE UP TO $15, DID THAT MINIMUM WAGE, UM, ALSO REFLECT THE ADDITIONAL 2% AND TWO AND A HALF PERCENT OR WHATEVER THOSE PERCENTAGE INCREASES WERE OVER THE YEAR FOR THE ACROSS THE BOARDS THAT WE'VE GOTTEN.

AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW RIGHT NOW, I'D BE HAPPY TO, TO GET THE ANSWER LATER, BUT THAT WOULD ADDRESS THE BOTTOM.

SO THAT 15%, ISN'T ALWAYS 15%.

IT GOES UP BY WHATEVER THE ACROSS THE BOARD IS.

SO THAT'S ONE QUESTION.

UM, I THINK IT LOOKS LIKE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER HAS AN ANSWER.

GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL MEMBER.

I'M GOING TO ASK A DIRECTOR HAYES TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

IF SHE HAS THE ANSWER WITH HER, IF NOT, WE WILL CERTAINLY GET BACK TO YOU WITH THAT ANSWER.

SHE DELETES ONE MOMENT TO CONFIRM THAT.

AND WHILE SHE'S DOING THAT, I'LL JUST REITERATE THAT WE NEED TO RETAIN EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES.

THAT IS KEY FOR ME JUST WHILE SHE'S DOING THAT.

I JUST WANT TO HEAR, I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT WHILE SHE'D WATCHED IT GET SETTLED.

I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT I THINK MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN AUSTIN.

MIDDLE-CLASS, THEY'RE THE ONES WHO BENEFIT FROM THE LIBRARIES.

THEY'RE THE ONES WHO BENEFIT FROM THE POOLS.

THEY'RE THE ONES WHO'VE BEEN IN FRONT BERMAN, ALL THESE SERVICES THAT WITHOUT THEM, THEN THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND

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OTHER RESOURCE, OTHER PLACES FOR THEM TO PURCHASE THOSE THINGS.

AND THEY DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF BANDWIDTH TO ADD THAT COST OF LIVING TO THEM.

UH, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE AGREEING WITH ME.

YES.

I BELIEVE YOUR QUESTION IS THE IMPACT OF THE LIVING WAGE AND THE ACROSS THE BOARD.

DID THAT MOVE THE $15 UP, UH, SEQUENTIALLY OVER TIME? SO WHAT WE DO IS WE RAISE THE LIVING WAGE AND THEN WHATEVER THE ACROSS THE BOARD INCREASES FOR THAT YEAR YEAR, THOSE EMPLOYEES WILL RECEIVE IT AS WELL.

SO THERE ARE SOME EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE LONG ENOUGH FOR THE ACROSS THE BOARD WHO WILL STILL BE AT THE $15.

AND THIS IS WHERE I WAS GOING WITH THAT WE HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY RAISED THE MINIMUM UP FROM $15, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE GIVEN ACROSS THE BOARD RAISES TO STAFF IN A NUMBER OF, OF YEARS.

I THINK THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES.

YES.

AND I THINK THAT'S PART OF THE ISSUE THAT THE LIVING WAGE WORKING GROUP MAY HAVE IDENTIFIED, WHICH IS IF WE HAD BEEN RAISING THAT $15 UP TO 1523 OR WHATEVER, THE TWO AND A HALF OR TWO WOULD HAVE BEEN AT THAT TIME, THEN WE WOULD HAVE PROGRESSED MORE TOWARD THAT $16, WHICH IS WHAT WAS IN THE 2014 UNDER RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO THAT'S, THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING.

JUST WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT.

I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT WE, THAT BY THE REQUEST OF COUNCIL AND BY REQUEST OF CITY MANAGER, WE ALSO DID OTHER THINGS BETWEEN THE TIME OF SETTING THE $15 AN HOUR.

WE THEN I THINK IN 2016, IF I'M NOT CORRECT, WE ALLOW TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES TO ALSO RECEIVE BENEFITS.

ONCE THEY'VE BEEN HERE FOR A YEAR, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE THE COVID BONUS.

AND SO WE'VE DONE OTHER THINGS, BUT TO THE POINT THAT I THINK COUNCIL AND THE CITY MANAGER MADE IN CREATING THOSE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO OTHER THINGS, TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF THE MOMENT WE FAILED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE 1683, BUT WE WERE DOING OTHER THINGS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THOSE OTHER OVERARCHING ISSUES THAT CAME UP DURING THOSE PERIODS.

AND TO THAT POINT, UM, WHAT IS THE BENEFITS FACTOR THAT'S USED TO ADD TO, UM, A PERSON'S SALARY TO INDICATE THE TRUE VALUE OF THE WORK CONTRACT? SO YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE TOTAL COMPENSATION PACKAGE AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE CITY MAKES IN ORDER TO CREATE THAT TOTAL COMPENSATION.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT I CAN EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE, BUT CERTAINLY I CAN SHARE WITH BOTH THE, THE WORKING GROUP.

UM, AND BY THE WAY, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM.

AND, UM, COUNSEL, AS TO THE PERCENTAGES, YOU WOULD NEED TO ADD TO THAT FOR TOTAL COMPENSATION.

I APPRECIATE THAT COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, BECAUSE AS WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION, BUT TOTAL COMPENSATION IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT'S, IT'S NOT JUST WHAT WE PROVIDE IN THE HOURLY SALARY.

IT'S ALSO THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE CITY PROVIDES IN TOTALITY TO BENEFIT SHORT-TERM DISABILITY.

AND THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE PAY FOR THAT CREATE THAT TOTAL PACKAGE, WHICH WE THEN USE TO COMPARE AND BENCHMARK FOR COMPETITIVENESS.

AT ONE POINT, I THINK THE FACTOR, UM, WAS ABOUT 20%.

THAT WAS 25%.

IT MAY BE IN THE THIRTIES AT THIS POINT, BUT I, I DON'T KNOW.

AND I THINK WE ALL WOULD BENEFIT FROM KNOWING THAT THEY'RE CHECKING RIGHT NOW.

SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT TO YOU.

UM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, PAUL, CAN I JUST ADD SOMETHING? AND I THINK THAT'S A GREAT POINT.

YOU BRING UP THAT ALTHOUGH THOSE TWO OR 3% INCREASES HAVE HAPPENED, THAT THEY HAVEN'T AFFECTED EVERYONE.

AND I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THAT ALSO MEANS THAT THEY HAVE NOT EXTENDED TO CONTRACT EMPLOYEES, RIGHT? SO CONSTRUCTION, ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS, BUT ALSO PROJECT CONNECT, WHICH HAS ALREADY STARTED.

WE ALREADY HAVE THE METRO RECORD, RAPID LINES GOING.

SO THAT'S PAYING THE $15, THE MINIMUM WAGE FLOOR.

AND SO JUST TO REMIND FOLKS THAT THAT ALSO HAS AN EXTENDED IN THOSE AND I, AND I THINK THAT'S A POINT THAT WE CAN, CAN DIG INTO AND, AND ADDRESS.

WELL, I ALSO THINK, UM, IF YOU READ THE REPORT FROM 15, YOU WILL SEE THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED WITH COMPRESSION BACK THEN.

THAT'S WHY WE MADE SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT WE MADE COMPRESSION AND IMPORTANT LONG JEVITY FOR EMPLOYEES WHO'VE BEEN IN THE WORKPLACE FOR A LONG TIME, IS ALL PART OF THIS, RIGHT? AND SO WE DIDN'T GO INTO THIS, JUST THINKING ABOUT THIS PERSON AT THE BOTTOM, BECAUSE WHEN YOU MAKE A CHANGE HERE, IT HAS A RIPPLE EFFECT AS YOU GO THROUGH THE PAY GRADES.

AND SO THAT, THAT WAS CONSIDERED, UH, WAS ON THE TABLE.

IT WAS CONSIDERED EIGHT YEARS AGO.

IT IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS A PRIORITY FOR THIS UNIT.

AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THAT COMPRESSION IS ADDRESSED ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH, UM, UP TO A CERTAIN POINT, OBVIOUSLY, AND NOT JUST LIKE THE LOWER COUPLE OF GROUPS IN, IN THE WAGE BANDS WHO MY POINT IS HERE ON THAT IS THAT THAT HAS NOT A FULL ASSESSMENT OF THAT COST IS NOT INCLUDED IN THESE NUMBERS.

AND THAT WHAT IS WHAT CONCERNS MAY BE.

CAUSE IF WE ARE

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GOING TO MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION, WE NEED TO BE CLEAR-EYED ON THE COSTS, NOT ONLY FOR FISCAL 23, BUT FOR GOING FORWARD.

AND IT'S THE CLEAR-EYED PART THAT IS THE DIFFICULT CONVERSATION THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ON THE DIOCESE AND, UH, WITH THE COUNCIL AND, AND, AND THE CITY STAFF.

UM, I, I'M NOT MAKING ANY CLAIMS OR PROMISES OR ASSESSMENTS ABOUT WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE EXCEPT TO SAY THAT IT WON'T BE SIMPLE.

AND THERE HAS BEEN SOME, UH, FORECASTING OF, OF WHAT THAT COULD LOOK LIKE.

AND I THINK THAT'S ACCURATE.

I THINK MAYOR PRO TEM WENT INTO GOOD DETAIL ON THAT FRONT.

WELL, WELL, AND AS WE TALK ABOUT THAT 1683, THAT FROM THE FIRST REPORT, OUR, OUR GOAL WAS TO FINISH AT 1683 OR BE THERE BY 2020, WE'RE HEADING INTO 2023.

SO AGAIN, HAD WE USED THE CPI THAT WE HAD PUT IT FROM THE FIRST BIRD SO THAT WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY, WE WOULD BE AT 1750.

I UNDERSTAND, I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY, WE CANNOT SUBTRACT OUT THE EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS WAS ESSENTIALLY GROUND EVERYTHING TO A HALT.

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WE WOULD HAVE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

WE HAVE A SENSE