Texas AFL-CIO Mourns Steve Mostyn

Texas AFL-CIO Mourns Steve Mostyn

The officers and staff of the Texas AFL-CIO are in mourning over the death of Steve Mostyn, an extraordinary trial lawyer and friend of working people in our state.

Texas Unions to Unveil Film Telling Story of Asian-American Seafarer

Texas Unions to Unveil Film Telling Story of Asian-American Seafarer

HOUSTON -- On Sunday, October 29th the Seafarers International Union and other Texas labor organizations will unveil a documentary chronicling the journey of Shwe Aung from Burmese merchant mariner to labor activist, refugee, immigrant, American citizen, and highly effective international labor leader.

Texas AFL-CIO Statement on Announcement by Speaker Straus

Texas AFL-CIO Statement on Announcement by Speaker Straus

“While we did not always see eye to eye with the Speaker on the issues, we always appreciated his willingness to listen and consider how legislative proposals would affect our members’ lives. In particular, we salute the Speaker’s political courage in standing up repeatedly to voices of bigotry and hate in our state’s politics.” - Texas AFL-ICO President Rick Levy

Rick Levy Is Next Texas AFL-CIO President. Montserrat Garibay Chosen Secretary-Treasurer.

Rick Levy Is Next Texas AFL-CIO President. Montserrat Garibay Chosen Secretary-Treasurer.

Rick Levy, a former General Counsel of the Texas AFL-CIO who became Secretary-Treasurer two years ago, has been named the next President of the Texas AFL-CIO. Levy will succeed John Patrick, who is retiring. Following its vote to elevate Levy, the board selected Montserrat Garibay, a Vice President at Education Austin, as Secretary-Treasurer. Levy and Garibay will take office on Monday, Oct. 9.

Texas Working People Step Up in Worst Storm Ever

Texas Working People Step Up in Worst Storm Ever

As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

Working People at Their Best as Hurricane Harvey Delivers Havoc in Major Portions of Texas; Here’s One Way to Help

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Working People at Their Best as Hurricane Harvey Delivers Havoc in Major Portions of Texas; Here’s One Way to Help

We know from experience that union members are extraordinarily generous in tough times. This is the toughest of times. Several charitable organizations are well deserving of your help. We ask that you consider directing some of your giving to the Texas Workers Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable fund overseen by the Texas AFL-CIO. The fund provides direct help to families in need. 

 

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John Patrick: Deaths of Eight in Overheated Truck Highlight Need to Keep Up Human Trafficking Fight, Seek Comprehensive Immigration Reform

John Patrick: Deaths of Eight in Overheated Truck Highlight Need to Keep Up Human Trafficking Fight, Seek Comprehensive Immigration Reform

“Over several legislative sessions, Texans have worked in bipartisan fashion to fight the scourge of human trafficking. The deaths of 10 immigrants and discovery of nearly 30 survivors demonstrate anew that the best chance of preventing such tragedies lies in comprehensive federal immigration reform.” - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick

Texas AFL-CIO to Paxton: Leave DACA Alone

Texas AFL-CIO to Paxton: Leave DACA Alone

"The Texas-led lawsuit to end the rights of ‘Dreamers’ to stay in the U.S. under DACA is mean-spirited, backward-looking, and a new low in an era of political grandstanding against real immigration reform." - Texas AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer, Rick Levy

Remarks by John Patrick President, Texas AFL-CIO -58th Constitutional Convention

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Remarks by John Patrick President, Texas AFL-CIO -58th Constitutional Convention

Brothers and Sisters, welcome to the 58th Texas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention.

  I’m going to focus my remarks today on the session of the Texas Legislature that ended just a few weeks ago and on the special legislative session that is coming.

  But let me start by thanking each and every one of you. Thank you for this platform, which has enabled me to work with some of the greatest union activists in the nation on behalf of working families. Thank you for all the work you have done to represent union members.

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Working People are United to Stand Against SB 4

Working People are United to Stand Against SB 4

“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

Texas AFL-CIO Condemns Threats on U.S. Rep. Al Green

Texas AFL-CIO Condemns Threats on U.S. Rep. Al Green

  “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

Texas AFL-CIO to Abbott: SB 4 Is Bad for Texas

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Texas AFL-CIO to Abbott: SB 4 Is Bad for Texas

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

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