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.
In a news conference and in testimony before the House Business and Industry Committee, Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Director René Lara said the era in which the $7.25 wage floor was decent money has long passed.
A bill that would forbid publicly funded Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in Texas will be heard Thursday in the House Economic and Small Business Committee.
The Texas AFL-CIO is proud to announce the election of officers in the state’s first Pride at Work organization, a labor constituency group that advocates for working people from the perspective of the LGBTQ community.
The decision by Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder to step down before his confirmation hearing shows once more that workers’ voices need to count when our nation sets workplace rules, AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.
"The state labor federation will listen carefully to Gov. Abbott’s State of the State speech on Tuesday in light of the issues that most families have been discussing over the kitchen table,” Patrick said. “These include everyday personal finances, our public schools and mass demonstrations that seek to uphold Texas’s reputation as a welcoming state.”
In the wake of Trump's anti-immigrant executive orders and Governor Abbott's threats against sheriffs that refuse to comply with all ICE detainer requests, the delegates of the Harris County Labor Assembly, AFL-CIO unanimously passed the attached resolution.
The last thing Texans need in this environment is for Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton to cut off an organization that makes a dramatic difference in the health of thousands of the poorest people in our state.
“We are asking the Legislature to act now. To help them, we are also asking Texans who agree that the minimum wage needs to rise to sign our petition at www.RaisetheWageTexas.org and let lawmakers know that Texans believe a full day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
The Texas AFL-CIO will host a news conference on raising the minimum wage in Texas. The event will take place 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Speaker's Committee Room of the Texas Capitol.
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Today's Fair Shots - Tuesday. March 28th 2017
1-Bill on 'Voter ID' Might Not Solve the Problem
2-ULLCO Takes Action on Workers' Comp, Other Bills
3-Trumka: AFL-CIO Will Sue If Labor Department Waters Down Overtime Rule
4-Cornell Graduate Students Voting on Unionization
Today's Fair Shots - March 27th, 2017
1-A 'Bigly' Defeat: GOP Health Care Bill Blown to Oblivion
2-Taibbi: Trump Has Still Made Only About 30 of 1,000 Executive Appointments
3-Labor Secretary Nominee Supports Weaker Version of Overtime Rule
4-Corpus Christi Newspaper Discusses McGee Nomination to Pension Review Board
5-Tomorrow Is 106th Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
6-Statewide Bus Schedule for TSEU Lobby Day Is Posted
7-East Austin Community Marches to remember Cesar Chavez
Today's Fair Shots - March 24, 2017
1-With Gorsuch Nomination, Shoe Is on Other Foot; AFL-CIO Opposes Confirmation
2-The Resistance Wins a Round, as House Vote on Health Care Bill Postponed
3-Senate Panel Approves School Voucher Bill
4-Bad Unemployment Insurance Bill Gets Skeptical Hearing
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - MARCH 23, 2017
1-WSJ: Trump's 'Endless Stream of Exaggerations, Evidence-free Accusations, Implausible Denials and Other Falsehoods'
2-Health Care Vote Could Cement Atrocious 'First 100 Days'
3-ULLCO Takes Action on Labor Bills
4-FAX Your Senator From Your Mobile Phone - The RESISTBOT
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - MARCH 22, 2017
1-Abbott: 'More Simple, More Elegant' to Cut Off Local Regulations on Broad Basis
2-Senate Approves Bill Aimed at Starving Local Governments
3-History Report: Vouchers Were a Segregation Tool in Texas in 1950s
4-Medicaid-Related State Program Was Privatized and Now Costs More, Serves Fewer People and Is Mired in Conflicts of Interest
5-Consideration of McGee Nomination to Pension Board Postponed
6-Senate Honors Fire Fighter Johnny Villarreal; So Does Texas AFL-CIO
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS
1-Working People Take Legislative Opportunity to Advocate for Higher Minimum Wage
2-Facts on the Minimum Wage in Texas
3-ULLCO Endorses Bills on Human Trafficking, Texting While Driving, 'Buy American'
4-'60 Minutes' Talks to Workers Forced to Train Their Replacements Under H-1B Visas
5-Join State Employees on Their Lobby Day at the Capitol; Bus Rides Available
Today's Fair Shots - March 20th, 2017
1-Texas AFL-CIO holds Raise the Wage Press Conference. Collects almost 1,000 petition signatures in 3 days.
2-Patrick: APRI Part of a Great Labor Coalition
3-AFL-CIO Dissects Trump Budget Proposal
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - Friday, March 17th 2017
1-Here's a Tip: Pay Your Servers for Their Work in Cash
2-Texas AFL-CIO to Convene News Conference on Minimum Wage Bills
3-Veteran Child Protective Services Workers Explains Why Privatization Will Fail
4-Dramatic Testimony Against 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill Leads Committee Chair to Say Bill Has 'Long Way to Go to Get This Right'
5-ULLCO Opposes Voucher, Pension Bills
6-Texas AFT Supports Major Public School Finance Bill
7-AFL-CIO Reiterates Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Today's Fair Shots - Thursday, March 16th 2017
1-'Sanctuary Cities' Bill's House Hearing Draws Huge Crowd of Opponents Ready to Testify
2-State Troopers Deport Man Who Had Broken Tail Light, No Criminal Record
3-Project Labor Agreements Work and Haven't Been Tried on Public Projects in Texas, So Why Ban Them?
4-Minimum Wage Bills Get Hearing Next Monday
5-Arizona's $12 an Hour Minimum Wage Has Been Upheld by That State's Supreme Court
6-School Voucher Bill to Be Heard in Senate Committee Next Tuesday
7-'Bathroom Bill' Clears Senate
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - MARCH 15th, 2017
1-Sheehan: 'Every Day Will Present Its Own Challenges, But Dont Give Up'
2-Einstein Rocked Physics and Believed in Unions
3-'Bathroom Bill' Advances to Final Senate Vote
4-'Sanctuary Cities' Bill to Be Heard Wednesday in House Committee
5-Dog Rescuer Was Burned by 'Barking Ticket'; 'Debtors' Prison' Bill Would Let Fines Be Paid Off With Community Service
6-Uber Looking to Deregulate Itself Via Texas Legislature
7-Attacking a Unicorn: Committee Considers Bill to Outlaw Non-Existent Public Project Labor Agreements
8-Health Care 'Repeal and Replace' Would Harm Seniors, Is Based on Falsehood
9-ULLCO Endorses Bills to Expand Health Coverage