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  Some 450 workers represented by the United Steelworkers at Sherwin Alumina in Gregory, Texas, have been locked out and are picketing the company.

  Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller and Secretary-Treasurer John Patrick visited the workers and report that spirits are high and community support is strong.

  Attorney General Greg Abbott argued in a radio interview that because some jobs in Midland pay above $15 an hour, there's no need to raise the Texas poverty minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

  Abbott said the "free marketplace" takes care of all workers. The Republican Party of Texas, in its platform, called for abolishing the minimum wage altogether.

  Sen. Wendy Davis, the COPE-backed candidate for Governor, has called for an increase in the state minimum wage to $10 an hour. More details of Abbott's interview with former Education Secretary William Bennett are below. The item appeared first, in slightly altered form, in the Texas AFL-CIO Daily E-Mail News.

Nov. 4 is creeping up fast, and working people are knocking on doors, making phone calls and making sure their friends and neighbors are registered to vote so we're electing the kind of candidates who speak for us, not CEOs and corporations. You can make a big difference this election. It's as easy as picking up the phone and telling people who matter to you what's at stake this November. Make a call today, we're counting on you! Read more >>>

  Sen. Wendy Davis, the COPE-endorsed candidate for Governor, hammered Attorney General Greg Abbott on his oversight of a corporate subsidy fund that awarded tens of millions of dollars to companies, several of which had insider connections, even though they didn't even have to apply.

  Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller scored the debate a big win for Davis.

  Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the COPE-endorsed candidate for Lieutenant Governor, shone brightly in the lone debate that her opponent, Sen. Dan Patrick, has agreed to in this election cycle.

  Patrick advocated for a sale tax hike of up to two cents, an end to in-state tuition for Dreamers, no expansion of health care coverage for the working poor and other "just say 'no'!" positions. Sen. Van de Putte called for free community college tuition, supported health care expansion that would cover hundreds of thousands and bring 200,000 jobs to the state, and noted she has released her tax returns while Patrick has not.

  The Texas AFL-CIO mourns the passing of Dorothy Taylor Gunn, wife of former Texas AFL-CIO President Joe D. Gunn, who died unexpectedly on Saturday.

  For most people, getting along in the labor movement requires at least occasional use of sharp elbows. That wasn’t the case with Dorothy Gunn, whose loving devotion to her husband and family extended to thousands of lucky union families across Texas.

  Dorothy was not just a great complement to Joe, but a respected member of the union movement in her own right who participated actively in organizing and politics. In fact, she had taken part in a South Austin Democrats meeting with Joe just a couple of days before her death.

  All of us join in wishing the Gunn family condolences. Arrangements are included in the news release at the link.

While volunteers around the country are on street corners, outside of groceries stores, at bus and subway stops and elsewhere to help people register to vote, you can get started right now, right here with just one click. If we’re going to beat back the attack on working families by the likes of Mitch McConnell, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers and other extremists, all of us—you and your family and friends—must be registered to vote. Read more >>>

The first debate between Sen. Wendy Davis, the COPE-endorsed gubernatorial candidate, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is in the books, with Davis hitting a home run on issues that matter most to working families.

Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller praised Davis's command of workplace issues and said Abbott's policies would help a limited elite while leaving out too many Texans.

  Sen. Wendy Davis, the COPE-backed candidate for Texas governor, backs a state minimum wage increase to $10 an hour. Her opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, opposes increasing the minimum wage, and in fact, his political party in Texas wants to abolish the minimum wage altogether.

  Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller posted a statement on this subject.

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Transport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. TWU members do everything from issuing and repairing equipment and vehicles to making sure the well water is safe to drink and the facilities are heating and cooling properly. 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 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 >>>

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