The Texas AFL-CIO was saddened to learn that Connie English, a third-generation railroad worker with trains in his blood who improved the livelihoods of car-driving, bus-taking, airplane-flying, block-walking workers across Texas through the labor movement, died early this morning in his beloved hometown of San Antonio at the age of 74.
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.
The Texas AFL-CIO today blasted President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DREAMers”) program.
A federal judge’s decision blocking SB 4, the “show me your papers” immigration law that was to take effect Friday, is a victory for all working people, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.
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.
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.
The Texas AFL-CIO joins a mourning nation in condemning the senseless deaths of a young activist and two law officers in Charlottesville.
"We condemn the armed white supremacists and neo-Nazis who set the stage for and carried out the acts of terrorism that took place in Charlottesville." - Texas AFL-CIO President, John Patrick
Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick announced today he plans to retire as President of the Texas AFL-CIO at the end of September.
“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
"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
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.
“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