Your Paycheck! Your Choice - Vote NO on SB13

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Call or Email Your State Senator NOW!

It’s your job. It's your paycheck. How you spend your hard-earned money ought to be your choice. Ask your Senator to OPPOSE Senate Bill 13.

Texas workers need your help today. Instead of passing laws to raise wages, make college more affordable, or punish corporations that ship jobs overseas, some politicians in Austin are pushing a bill called Senate Bill 13 (known as SB13). SB 13 is an attack on the personal economic freedom of teachers in our kids' public schools, city workers who keep our communities running, CPS caseworkers who protect vulnerable children, and other hard-working public employees. The bill would take away the ability of public employees and retirees to make purely voluntary payments from their own earnings via safe and secure paycheck dues deduction to the employee or professional organization of their choice.

Can you take a few minutes to call your senator and ask that they OPPOSE SB13? It is going to take each and every one of us to block this bad bill, and our elected officials need to hear from us.

This is the power of labor in action! It’s going to take all of us making the call and asking our union brothers and sisters to do so as well. I'm so glad to have you with us on this.

Call Senators Ted Cruz & Cornyn! No on DeVos

Cruz - 202-224-5922  Cornyn - 202-224-2934

Betsy DeVos is the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education. 

We need to make sure Ted Cruz and John Cornyn hear loud and clear that Texans want an education secretary who supports and will strengthen public education - not one who’s determined to destroy it.

Call Your Texas Senator TODAY! VOTE NO on SB4 - Sanctuary Cities Bill.

 

Senate Bill 4, would disrespect law officers who believe building good relationships with all communities is a far better strategy than turning state and local police into a federalized deportation force. It would force working people to spend additional money, directly on jails and indirectly in higher everyday costs. 

The bill before us would ensnare good, working people in a “show me your papers” system. Under this system, an undocumented, immigrant janitor, for example, who is stopped on his way to work for a MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION, can find himself facing deportation proceedings. He would be separated from his family, including his children. - Rene Lara, Legislative Director - SB4 Testimony

On a more basic level, at its best the labor movement takes risks and fights for civil rights for all. When the law was arrayed against earlier generations of immigrants, the labor movement became a vehicle for workers to progress into the middle class. In 2017, we must continue to answer not just to the law, but to a higher power.

1. CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR TEXAS SENATOR

2. MAKE THE CALL

Here's What to Say:

Hi this is [your name], I live in [city] and I am a constituent of Senator [their name]. I oppose Senate Bill 4. I urge you to listen to the outpouring of opposition from working people, local law enforcement and community leaders as we stand by our belief that SB 4 is dangerous to public safety and will have a devastating impact on families and communities’ in our state. Senator [their name], please listen to your constituents and vote no on SB 4 as it will hurt all Texans.

Senator Bryan Hughes, District 1

Capitol office: (512) 463-0101

Senator Bob Hall, District 2

Capitol office: (512) 463-0102

Senator Robert Nichols, District 3

Capitol office: (512) 463-0103

Senator Brandon Creighton, District 4

Capitol office: (512) 463-0104

Senator Charles Schwertner, District 5

Capitol office: (512) 463-0105

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, District 6

Capitol office: (512) 463-0106

Senator Paul Bettencourt, District 7

Capitol office: (512) 463-0107

Senator Van Taylor, District 8

Capitol office: (512) 463-0108

Senator Kelly Hancock, District 9

Capitol office: (512) 463-0109

Senator Konni Burton, District 10

Capitol office: (512) 463-0110

Senator Larry Taylor, District 11

Capitol office: (512) 463-0111

Senator Jane Nelson, District 12

Capitol office: (512) 463-0112

Senator Borris L. Miles, District 13

Capitol office: (512) 463-0113

Senator Kirk Watson, District 14

Capitol office: (512) 463-0114

Senator John Whitmire, District 15

Capitol office: (512) 463-0115

Senator Don Huffines, District 16

Capitol office: (512) 463-0116

Senator Joan Huffman, District 17

Capitol office: (512) 463-0117

Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst, District 18

Capitol office: (512) 463-0118

Senator Carlos I. Uresti, District 19

Capitol office: (512) 463-0119

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, District 20

Capitol office: (512) 463-0120

Senator Judith Zaffirini, District 21

Capitol office: (512) 463-0121

Senator Brian Birdwell, District 22

Capitol office: (512) 463-0122

Senator Royce West, District 23

Capitol office: (512) 463-0123

Senator Dawn Buckingham, District 24

Capitol office: (512) 463-0124

Senator Donna Campbell, District 25

Capitol office: (512) 463-0125

Senator José Menéndez, District 26

Capitol office: (512) 463-0126

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27

Capitol office: (512) 463-0127

Senator Charles Perry, District 28

Capitol office: (512) 463-0128

Senator José Rodríguez, District 29

Capitol office: (512) 463-0129

Senator Craig Estes, District 30

Capitol office: (512) 463-0130

Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

Capitol office: (512) 463-0131

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Don’t let Trump Roll Back Gains for Workers

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Much has been made of President Trump’s sweeping comments and random tweets. But now that he’s been officially sworn in, the consequences for American workers are much more tangible.

Donald Trump will soon decide whether or not to repeal a number of pro-worker regulations that make a real difference in the lives of working people.

Regulations make sure our food is inspected, and Wall Street firms from bleeding our retirement funds. They help us stay safe on the job, and to prevent airplanes from falling apart in the sky.

The push for removing regulations has always come from those in the millionaire and billionaire class, who want to line their pockets at the expense of everyday Americans. They prefer rules that maximize their wealth — a trickle-down approach that has failed our nation time and time again.

Overtime pay is one example. If you make $47,476 or less, a new rule says your employer must pay you fairly if you work more than 40 hours a week. This is a necessary step to restore overtime protections that have been eroding for decades.

But now a U.S. district court in Texas has halted the rule, and the man Trump has tapped to lead the Labor Department is openly hostile to it.  

Abandoning the overtime rule would amount to a pay cut for workers like Lora McCrary, who manages a profitable national auto supply chain where the demands of her job require approximately 70 hours a week. Even though she makes a little over $24,000 a year, like many other modestly paid “managers,” she doesn’t get a cent in overtime.

With the new rule, the company would have to provide time and a half for each hour of overtime worked. Without the rule, Lora and millions of others will be forced to continue living on partial paychecks, leaving less money for gas, groceries and rent.

Here’s another example: After decades of deliberation and delay, the Obama administration instituted long overdue controls on deadly silica dust, which literally suffocates workers to death. Repealing the silica rule would make life more dangerous for millions of people who work in construction, foundries, shipyards and oil and gas.

Trump could also dismantle an executive order that ensures federal contracts go to employers that respect workers’ rights and obey wage and workplace safety laws, resuming the flow of taxpayer dollars to corporations that exploit and marginalize working people. This essentially rewards bad actors. Working people are rightly concerned about what lies ahead. 

The debate over regulations is more than talk show chatter. Government rules and standards help shape our daily lives. Over the last eight years, the Obama administration has taken numerous important, commonsense actions with the aim of building an economy that is fairer for working people. President Trump should not spend his first days in office dismantling this progress. The result would be an all-out assault on our paychecks, safety and economic security. 

“Burdensome regulation” is one of the great lies in American politics. It is not a burden to be paid for the hours you work. It is not a burden to be safe on the job from illness, injury or death. The American dream is not a burden.

Trump promised to make life better for American workers. Now, as president, he has a chance to honor those promises with action. His Cabinet nominations — including a Labor Secretary who routinely violates labor law — are a bad start. But Trump can help stop the bleeding by leaving hard-won, pro-worker regulations in place.

If not, millions of Americans will be dramatically worse off.

 Richard Trumka is president of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO, America’s labor federation.