During a late night vote on Thursday, the Austin City Council passed new economic incentives rules.
Construction workers have rallied for months for better wages in the city. The new incentives require companies wanting to open up shop or expand in Austin to pay all workers at least $11 an hour, and provide health insurance and domestic partner benefits.
The vote was 6-1, with Mayor Lee Leffingwell dissenting.
Labor advocates also wanted companies to be required to pay what are known as prevailing wages to construction workers. However, those wages could be exempt in some cases.
"The companies that are coming here are receiving millions and millions of dollars in tax breaks from our pockets,” Patricia Zavala with the Workers Defense Project said. “We feel the least they could do is invest in the local community and help to stimulate economic growth by paying prevailing wages."
The mayor says Austin’s inked 15 economic incentive deals in the past 10 years. Four of those have been in the past two years.