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Flex in the City: The Story of a Mayor and His Vision

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Publication Date: August 2006

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Webb Lyons

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


In Houston, Mayor Bill White has taken a personal role in fostering a workplace flexibility initiative. The Houston effort is designed not only to give workers more control over their lives, but also to reduce traffic congestion. The Mayor and his staff are gearing up for “Flex in the City,” a two-week period designed to get more employers to adopt a workplace flex option.

This issue brief, the fourth in CLASPÂ’s work-life balance series, links to a live 10-minute interview ( with the Mayor and also points to other programs and legislation around the U.S. that make the connection between workplace flexibility and reduced traffic congestion.