Whereas, in 2018, some candidates running for public office in Texas as Democrats and Republicans have worked and associated themselves professionally with efforts to undermine the ability of working people to form unions;
Whereas, COPE delegates believe union-busting activities by political candidates merit public exposure;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that delegates to the 2018 Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention intend to publicly oppose candidates who engage in union-busting in the course of their professional work; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that COPE delegates will expose such activity in the course of political campaigns and seek to warn pro-labor voters and our allies that a candidate who engages in or supports union-busting activity is not going to have the support of working men and women.
Resolution on Independent Political Action
Whereas, the AFL-CIO Executive Council, recognizing that “the political system has failed working people,” in October 2017 adopted a resolution on the importance of independent political action by a united labor movement;
Whereas, Texas AFL-CIO COPE delegates recognize along with the AFL-CIO that unions “are the last bulwark of working people” and that the rules of the political system have been set up too often to produce a choice between the “lesser of two evils”;
Whereas, the imbalance of power that now exists can only be addressed by programs that drive a united labor movement, including members, retirees, families, neighbors and allies, to the polls;
Whereas, the AFL-CIO committed to these principles in carrying out independent political action:
· Define a pro-worker agenda across the sectors of our movement to hold as a joint standard for all candidates and officials, regardless of party;
· Establish a communications framework to communicate our agenda across the federation and with our allies;
· Prioritize year-round member-to-member communication as part of a commitment to heightened internal organizing and workplace education;
· Mobilize working people who are not yet in unions;
· Promote effective models for recruiting, training, mentoring and supporting union brothers and sisters running for elected office; and
· Promote greater participation in the democratic process by opposing voter suppression and boosting participation by young people, seniors and people of color.