Applications to the Texas Workers Relief Fund for assistance stemming from Hurricane Harvey have been suspended.
Thousands of union members in Texas who suffered substantial losses in the hurricane and flooding applied to the fund. We continue to process the applications and send out gift cards via local labor organizations to eligible applicants. However, the capacity of the fund to continue payments has been reached, at least for now.
Knowing the larger needs, we sincerely regret this resource is limited, but we are proud to have been able to make solidarity payments at an unprecedented level. Our efforts to raise additional funds are continuing and we hope to be in a position to make additional contributions to the relief effort.
Thanks to the many labor organizations that have promoted the Texas Workers Relief Fund. This is the labor movement at its best - Brothers and Sisters rising to the occasion for each other. We are grateful for the chance to serve our members through the generosity of so many and will continue to work to help those in need.
THE VOICE OF LABOR IN TEXAS
We are teachers, firefighters and farm workers, actors and engineers, pilots and public employees, painters and plumbers, steelworkers and screenwriters, doctors and nurses, stagehands, electricians and more. We believe that people who work make Texas work and that together, we are better.
The Texas AFL-CIO was saddened to learn that Connie English, a third-generation railroad worker with trains in his blood who improved the livelihoods of car-driving, bus-taking, airplane-flying, block-walking workers across Texas through the labor movement, died early this morning in his beloved hometown of San Antonio at the age of 74.
Rick Levy, a former General Counsel of the Texas AFL-CIO who became Secretary-Treasurer two years ago, has been named the next President of the Texas AFL-CIO. Levy will succeed John Patrick, who is retiring. Following its vote to elevate Levy, the board selected Montserrat Garibay, a Vice President at Education Austin, as Secretary-Treasurer. Levy and Garibay will take office on Monday, Oct. 9.
The Texas AFL-CIO today blasted President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DREAMers”) program.
A federal judge’s decision blocking SB 4, the “show me your papers” immigration law that was to take effect Friday, is a victory for all working people, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.
As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.
We know from experience that union members are extraordinarily generous in tough times. This is the toughest of times. Several charitable organizations are well deserving of your help. We ask that you consider directing some of your giving to the Texas Workers Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable fund overseen by the Texas AFL-CIO. The fund provides direct help to families in need.
The Texas AFL-CIO joins a mourning nation in condemning the senseless deaths of a young activist and two law officers in Charlottesville.
"We condemn the armed white supremacists and neo-Nazis who set the stage for and carried out the acts of terrorism that took place in Charlottesville." - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick announced today he plans to retire as President of the Texas AFL-CIO at the end of September.
“Over several legislative sessions, Texans have worked in bipartisan fashion to fight the scourge of human trafficking. The deaths of 10 immigrants and discovery of nearly 30 survivors demonstrate anew that the best chance of preventing such tragedies lies in comprehensive federal immigration reform.” - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
"The Texas-led lawsuit to end the rights of ‘Dreamers’ to stay in the U.S. under DACA is mean-spirited, backward-looking, and a new low in an era of political grandstanding against real immigration reform." - Texas AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer, Rick Levy
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