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 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 - June 15, 2017
1-Resort to Violence Unacceptable
2-It's Official: Fox News Not 'Fair and Balanced'
3-Dallas, Fort Worth Mayors Worry About Effect on Canada of 'Buy American' Law
4-Call Cruz and Cornyn re: Health Care; Miracles Are Possible
5- New Friedrichs-style Case Makes Way to Supreme Court, Threatens Unions
6-Funeral Arrangements Posted for Correctional Officer Who Died in Line of Duty
Today's Fair Shots - June 14, 2017
1-Signing of 'Buy American' Bill Sets Stage for Part 2 Debate in 2019
2-Trump Blasts Health Care Repeal He Celebrated When It Passed U.S. House
3-IAM Posts Anti-ALEC Video Featuring Brother Danny Cooke
4-One More Thing on Courage Victory: He's a Long-Time Union Member
Today's Fair Shots - June 13, 2017
1-Deceased Correctional Officer, Gone in Line of Duty, 'Touched a Lot of People's Hearts'
2-AFL-CIO Says Labor Will Support a NAFTA That Offers Shared Prosperity and 'Never Forget' If Treaty Further Rigs Rules
3-Abbott Signs State Budget, But Vetoes $120 Million, Including Funds for Colonias
4-American-Statesman: Abbott Focus on Weakening Cities Is 'Anti-Texan'
5-Labor Scores Electoral Wins in San Antonio, Including New Mayor
6-Report: Social Security Makes Cold Calls to Give Seniors Questionable Financial Advice
Today's Fair Shots - June 9th, 2017
1-Bill Gutting Financial Reform Faces Long Odds in U.S. Senate
2-Mayor Turner Wants Houston to Sue to Stop 'Show Me Your Papers' Bill
3-Abbott Declares If Lawmakers Fail to Approve His Special Session Agenda, They Would Be 'Lazy'
Today's Fair Shots - June 8th, 2017
1-Adler: Abbott's Special Session Call Also a Fight Against Individual Liberties That Local Voters Have Supported
2-Ratcliffe: Abbott Takes Risk If Special Session Blows Up
3-Texas AFT: Abbott's Proposed Teacher Pay Raise 'Less Than Meets the Eye'
4-Large Lawyers' Convention Cancels Texas Venue, Cites 'Show Me Your Papers' Law; City of Dallas Joins Others in Suing Over SB 4
5-- ATU Local Wins Verdict in Long-Running Case Seeking to Enforce Arbitration Provision
Today's Fair Shots - June 6th, 2017
1-Video Targets Rep Who Called ICE on SB 4 Protesters
2-Gamboa: SB 4 Did Not Arrive in Vacuum; Texas Has History of Discrimination Against Latinos
3-Texas AFT Discusses Bills That Improve Public Schools
4-Report: Legislature Passed Fewest Bills Since 1995; Weeping Not Heard Anywhere
5-EPI: Fiduciary Rule Fight Is About Whether Your Financial Advisor Represents You or His Own Bank Account; Texans Lose an Estimated $1 Billion a Year When the Latter Happens
6-Union Retirees Release Report Card on Congress
Today's Fair Shots - June 2, 2017
1-Trumka Says Pulling Out of Climate Accord Abandons Clean Energy Jobs of the Future
2-Irony of Ironies: Chinese Factory Labor Gets Too Expensive in Some Quarters
3-Economic Anxiety Stemming More and More From Volatility Within Jobs, New Study Suggests
4-Catholic Labor Network Notes Opposition to SB 4 and Texas AFL-CIO's Role in Opposing 'Show Me Your Papers' Measure
5-Abbott Signs Supposed 'Voter ID' Fix, Sending Measure On Speedy Path to Courthouse
Today's Fair Shots - June 1, 2017
1-In 2016 Election in Counties With Most Undocumented Residents, 30 Fraudulent Votes Found Out of 23.5 Million
2-ICE Reverses Itself, Says It Did Receive a Complaint on SB 4 Protest
3-State Budget Includes Small Amount of Funding for Migrant Farmworker Housing Inspections
4-Package of Child Protection Bills Signed Into Law; Move to Outsourcing Is Problematic
5-Anti-Union Bill That Counts Non-Participants as 'No' Votes in Union Election Gets Another Run in Congress