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A Pilgrimage for Immigrant Families, featuring a three-day, 40-mile march and a rally at the Texas AFL-CIO across from the Governor's Mansion, seeks to persuade Gov. Greg Abbott to meet with the families and change course in his opposition to comprehensive immigration reform.
Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick delivered the remarks below at a kickoff event for the Pilgrimage. Patrick likened Abbott's position to that of a Texas governor from a previous generation.
The release of the text of the TPP confirmed what the AFL-CIO has believed all along: The proposed trade treaty is bad for workers.
The Texas AFL-CIO issued this news release.
The 2016 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program application is posted below. An explanation of who is eligible can be found after the application.
Report: Texas Companies That 'Opt Out' of Workers' Compensation Coverage Shortchange Injured Workers
When Texas companies decide not to purchase workers' compensation insurance, they often pay injured workers far less for serious injuries than an average American worker would get, an investigative report by Pro Publica and NPR reveals.
A chart accompanying the article on the Texas "opt-out" option details what different companies in Texas pay for a lost arm, eye, hand, foot or leg, as well as loss of hearing. In many cases, Texas workers are severely shortchanged.
See the Texas AFL-CIO news release.
100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice
One hundred immigrant women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement joined them. Read the full article>>>
While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>
Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income
Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.Read more >>>
It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>
When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>
The 2015 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Winners are listed below. For photos, see the June 2015 issue of the Texas AFL-CIO Labor News. Read more >>>
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