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As we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of things are on our minds. Even though we're working harder and harder every year, our incomes have not kept up with the cost of living. We worry about setting aside enough for a secure retirement, health expenses and our children's educations. We need to elect leaders who care about working people and side with us, not just the wealthy and corporations. What issues will be on your mind as you head to the polls this election season? Text VOTE to 235246 and let us know. Read more >>>

Labor Day is coming soon and this year, like we do on every Labor Day, we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate all who make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling and unable to get by. Read more >>>

Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>

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 boycott of Staples, the office supply store, continues apace as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to substitute low-wage employees for union workers who have been entrusted with handling official mail.

  The AFL-CIO endorsed the boycott on May 30. The American Postal Workers Union reviews the details below.

  The race to victory for COPE-endorsed candidates on Nov. 4 hinges on walking, not running.

  The Texas AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils across Texas need you to volunteer at least two of your Saturday mornings this fall to help block-walk on behalf of labor's endorsed candidates.

  Every voter you greet can put us one vote closer to building a better Texas. It will take a broad base of activists to win this election. You can be part of the change that's coming.

  Texas AFL-CIO Legislative/Political Director Rene Lara has posted signup information below. Send us your contact information and we will be in touch.

 

  Here is a list of 2014 Texas AFL-CIO COPE endorsements for statewide, congressional and legislative elections.

  The list will be updated as Central Labor Council and Texas AFL-CIO COPE actions warrant.

The 2014 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Winners and 2015 Scholarship information. Read more >>>

Learn more about the attack on pensions and how you can pledge to stop it! Read more >>>

Texas AFL-CIO “Labor News” is published monthly
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