Texas AFL-CIO: Immigrant Working People Will Suffer Under SB 4, But So Will State as a Whole

Texas AFL-CIO: Immigrant Working People Will Suffer Under SB 4, But So Will State as a Whole

"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

Don't Tell Public Employees How to Spend Their Money

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Don't Tell Public Employees How to Spend Their Money

"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. 

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Teachers, Correctional Officers, Other Public Employees  Hit by Unfair Shot Under SB 13

Teachers, Correctional Officers, Other Public Employees Hit by Unfair Shot Under SB 13

"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

Texas’s First Pride at Work Group Elects Officers

Texas’s First Pride at Work Group Elects Officers

The Texas AFL-CIO is proud to announce the election of officers in the state’s first Pride at Work organization, a labor constituency group that advocates for working people from the perspective of the LGBTQ community.

Workers’ Voices Took Down Puzder Nomination

Workers’ Voices Took Down Puzder Nomination

The decision by Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder to step down before his confirmation hearing shows once more that workers’ voices need to count when our nation sets workplace rules, AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

State of the State Message Needs to Include Entire State

State of the State Message Needs to Include Entire State

"The state labor federation will listen carefully to Gov. Abbott’s State of the State speech on Tuesday in light of the issues that most families have been discussing over the kitchen table,” Patrick said. “These include everyday personal finances, our public schools and mass demonstrations that seek to uphold Texas’s reputation as a welcoming state.”

Higher Minimum Wage Sought in Texas

Higher Minimum Wage Sought in Texas

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a news conference on raising the minimum wage in Texas. The event will take place 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Speaker's Committee Room of the Texas Capitol.

 

Texas AFL-CIO: Don’t Mourn, Organize!

Texas AFL-CIO: Don’t Mourn, Organize!

No sugarcoating it. The national results are a disaster. A self-serving corporate huckster rode to victory on the jet fuel of racism, anti-immigrant xenophobia, sexism and demagoguery. In spite of Donald Trump’s pseudo-populism and claims to represent the working class, his victory is rooted in efforts to divide and undermine our communities. 

Patrick Blasts Texas Lawsuit Attacking Overtime Pay Rule

Patrick Blasts Texas Lawsuit Attacking Overtime Pay Rule

A lawsuit filed by Texas and other states attacking pending changes in overtime rules that would benefit 4 million Americans – including some 400,000 Texans – is based on ideology and “zero concern for working people who are forced to put in free hours at the whim of their employers,” Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.

Remarks by John Patrick President, Texas AFL-CIO Panel, TPP

Remarks by John Patrick President, Texas AFL-CIO Panel, TPP

The AFL-CIO does not oppose trade in principle. But we do not believe in making markets more efficient at the net expense of working people, and we will never apologize to economists, policy-makers or anyone else for standing up for solid, middle-class jobs.