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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 supports today’s day of action because we are determined to fight for all working people – no matter their race, nationality, or immigration status. SB 4 will create fear in our immigrant communities. When immigrants are afraid to speak up against exploitation in the workplace, it drives down standards for all Texans." - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
“These are passionate times in politics, but there is never an excuse for making threats of violence or racist attacks part of the conversation. We hope the law is applied appropriately.” - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
“SB 2078 may check a box on the political agenda of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick but it is wrong for Texas. " - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
If our Governor were truly proud of SB 4 – his ‘emergency’ item no less – he would have held a signing ceremony with the bill’s authors and sponsors. Instead, he chose without notice to go live on Facebook, where he had ‘sanctuary’ from the court of public opinion.” - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
"This bill will harm all working people. Immigrants do some of the hardest jobs in our state and are net contributors not just to our economy but to our future. SB 4 will not only make it easier for unscrupulous employers to deny important workplace rights to immigrants, but will also undermine important labor standards for all workers." - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick today strongly criticized a sneak attack on public pensions after Republicans prevailed in a 20-10 vote in the Texas Senate to confirm Josh McGee to chair the State Pension Review Board.
"The ideologues who concocted SB 13 claim a need to tell employees how they can spend their own money. Somehow, payroll deduction is wrong for unions or non-union associations, but fine for insurance companies, banks and hundreds of organizations ranging from the left-wing ACLU to the right-wing Focus on the Family." - John Patrick, Texas AFL-CIO President.
“Apparently, the Senate believes minors are mature enough to work in unsafe conditions for low wages without parental permission, but when it comes to improving their working conditions, labor unions are R-rated.” - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
"Texas working families want their state leaders in Austin to solve real problems that affect their everyday lives. This bill does nothing to raise wages for Texas workers. It does nothing to improve our public schools. It does nothing to make college more affordable. It's time politicians in Austin listened up." - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
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.
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Today's Fair Shots - May 25th, 2017
1-School Finance Bill Dies, Imperiling Quality in the Right-Wing Quest for Vouchers
2-'Lunch Shaming' Bill Remains Alive Amid Unwarranted Controversy
3-Congressional Budget Office: Republican Health Care Plan Would Cost 23 Million Americans Health Coverage; Retirees Ready to Fight 'Tooth and Nail'
4-Texas AFL-CIO Stands With Congressman Al Green Following Racist Threats Against Him
5-Sen. Al Franken Features Sen. Ted Cruz in His New Book, Unfortunately for Cruz; Love Child of Sen. Joe McCarthy and Dracula?
Today's Fair Shots - May 24th, 2017
1-Proposed Budget Funds Economic Incentives for Film Production in Texas
2-Good News: Attack on Fair Chance Hiring Ordinances Hits Roadblock in Senate
3-Trumka: Trump Budget Delivers 'Ultimate Insult' to Working Families to Pay for Tax Cuts for Wealthy
Today's Fair Shots - May 23, 2017
1-John Patrick: House Version of 'Bathroom Bill' Still Sends Discriminatory Message
2-Other Key Bills Near the Finish Line
3-Washington Post Headlines 'Discrimination Sunday' in Legislature; See Rep. Senfronia Thompson on Video
4-'Low-paying, Grinding, Unhealthy Work': Times Profiles Truck Drivers
5-Credentials Deadline Hits Tomorrow for Texas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention
Today's Fair Shots - May 19th, 2017
1-Sign On for a 'Fair Trade' Renegotiation of NAFTA
2-Tesla Not So Cutting Edge When It Comes to Treatment of Workers
3-Austin Mayor: Besides Harming Immigrants, SB 4 Seeks to Shut Up Local Officials
4-Parker: Abbott Has 'Most Bigoted, Racist Record in the Country'
5-Do Something! Sign Statement in Support of Fasting Yale Graduate Students Who Are Seeking Union Contract
Today's Fair Shots - May 18th, 2017
1-Even When We Are Focused on Legislature, Trump Sure Has a Way of Stealing the News Cycle
2-Texas Legislature Reaches the Tipping Point
3-'Buy American' Bill Goes to Conference Committee; Changes Expected
4-Senate Approves Bill Taking Away Right of Cities to Regulate Uber, Lyft and Other TNCs
5-Casar: Why SB 4 Has Produced So Much Opposition
6-Moeller in Montana, Yip-e-i-o-kai-yay; She Was There to Campaign for Underdog Congressional Candidate
Today's Fair Shots - May 17th, 2017
1-Lawsuits May Fly Soon From All Angles to Challenge 'Sanctuary Cities' Law
2-With Clock Ticking Late Hour, Canada Swoops in to Try to Stop 'Buy American' Bill
3-ULLCO Switches Position on School Finance Bill After Senate Panel Turns It Into Voucher Vehicle
4-Times: Spread of Non-Compete Agreements Rigs Rules Against Working People
Today's Fair Shots - May 16th, 2017
Today's Fair Shots - May 12th, 2017
1-Next Step for 'Buy American' Bill: One More House Vote, Then Back to the Senate
2-AFL-CIO Provides National Platform to John Patrick Criticism of SB 4 Signing
3-Federal Overtime Pay Bill Called 'Invitation to Wage Theft'
4-AFL-CIO Raising Profile of Right-Wing Bradley Foundation, Which Seeks to Decimate Labor Unions
5-San Antonio Building Trades Union Plan Dinner to Raise Funds to Renovate VFW Hall, Begin 'Union Santa' Program
6-Texas AFL-CIO Convention Credentials Due May 23; Join Us in Houston
Today's Fair Shots - May 11th, 2017
1-Giddings: 'Hottest Places in Hell' Reserved for Those Who Harm Our Children
2-Buzzfeed Posts 'New American Slavery,' a Harrowing Portrait of Conditions for H-2B Visa Workers
3-Ratcliffe Named Political Editor of Texas Monthly
Today's Fair Shot's - May 10th, 2017
1-'A Vendor Bill If I've Ever Seen One'; Senate Advances Bill to Ease Licensing Requirements for Immigrant Detention Centers
2-San Antonio Leaders Express Dismay Over Upcoming Requirements of 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill
3-First Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Over SB 4
4-New Report Finds Absence of Workplace Benefits Among Huge Slice of Construction Workers
5-PayWatch Report Shows CEO Pay Gap Remains a Grand Canyon