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.
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.
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.
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Today's Fair Shots - April 21st 2017
1-McGee Confirmation Keeps Fox in Pension Henhouse Until 2021
2-Federal Judges Rule Drawing of Texas House Districts Intentionally Discriminated Against Minority Voters
3-'Buy American' Bill Clears Key House Committee
4-AFL-CIO Expert Discusses Decline in Safety Regulations Under Trump
Today's Fair Shots - April 19th 2017
1-'Buy American' Measure Gets a Second Hearing
2-Huntsville Newspaper Details Capitol Visits by AFSCME Correctional Officers
3-IBEW Local in Austin Schedules a Washer Tournament; Sounds Like Fun
Today's Fair Shots - Tuesday, April 18th 2017
1-Some Government Regulations Falling by Wayside Involve Life and Death
2-Falkenberg: Disenfranchising Voters Is Worse Than United Dragging Passenger Off Plane
3-'Religious Freedom' Argument Used to Justify Underfunding Pensions at Catholic Hospital
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - APRIL 13TH, 2017
1-Wow! Higher Pay Improves Child Abuse Investigation System
2-Texas State Employees Union Marches, Rallies for Better Livelihoods
3-House Panel Advances 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill; It's Improved Only in the Lipstick on a Pig Sense
4-Minors Have Excelled in Labor Unions Without Parental Permission
5-ADAPT Holds Overnight Vigil in Support of Better Pay for Home-Care Attendants
6-Do Something! Help IATSE in Battle to Fund Film Incentives So More Movies Are Made in Texas
Today's Fair Shots - April 12th, 2017
1-Under SB 75, Minors Could Work for Kroger Without Telling Parents, But Couldn't Speak Up Together There Without Parental Permission
2-Some Historical Notes on the Role of Unions in Halting Child Labor Abuse
3-Senate Panel Hears Bill That Would Provide Paid Rest Breaks to Construction Workers
4-TSEU Member: Don't Tell Me How to Spend My Money; Stop SB 13
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - April 11th, 2017
1-John Patrick: SB 75 Supporters Have 'No Sense of Irony or Shame'
2-UFCW: Teens Too Often Face Harassment on the Job, Should Be Able to Choose to Speak Up Together Without Parental Consent
3-Federal Judge Finds Texas Intentionally Discriminated in 'Voter ID' Bill
4-Gorsuch, Now on Supreme Court, May Take Dead Aim at Working People
5-Same Song, Next Verse: Employers Want 'Flexibility' on Overtime Pay
6-Texas Gets Strong Recognition in Pulitzer Prizes
Today's Fair Shots - April 10th, 2017
1-Senator Changes Column on Texting While Driving Bill in Wake of Horrific Accident
2-Texas House Gives Final Approval to Budget After Characteristic Debate of Nearly 16 Hours
3-Gorsuch Confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court; Employment Cases on Horizon
4-Labor Mourns Gilbert Kissling, Long-time Activist
Today's Fair Shots - April 7th, 2016
1-House Slaps Vouchers Silly, Protects Children During Appropriations Debate
2-U.S. Senate Drops Filibuster Rule for Supreme Court; Gorsuch Set for Confirmation Today
3-One Union Brother Gives Kidney for Another
4-ULLCO Opposes Bill on Ballot Language, Backs Workers' Compensation Measures
5-AFL-CIO Blasts 'Retirement Ripoff' as White House Seeks to Discard Key Personal Finance Rule
6-Prof. Krochmal Wins Prestigious History Award for Civil Rights Book
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - April 6th, 2017
1-Magazine Says Abbott's Preemption Plan Might End 'Home-Rule' Status for Cities
2-U.S. Women's Soccer Team Makes Significant Gains in Newly Ratified Union Contract
3. Three things to know as the Texas House kicks off a marathon budget debate