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 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.
The Texas AFL-CIO today intervened in a federal lawsuit challenging the Labor Department’s overtime rule, seeking to reinstate higher pay or more family time for at least four million workers, including 370,000 in Texas.
Just before Thanksgiving, a federal court order engineered in part by the State of Texas blocked an overtime pay rule that was to take effect Thursday, halting hopes of an improved livelihood for 4 million American workers, including 370,000 Texans.
No sugarcoating it. The national results are a disaster. A self-serving corporate huckster rode to victory on the jet fuel of racism, anti-immigrant xenophobia, sexism and demagoguery. In spite of Donald Trump’s pseudo-populism and claims to represent the working class, his victory is rooted in efforts to divide and undermine our communities.