The Texas AFL-CIO is proud to announce the hiring of Rod Thomas as a Field Organizer, expanding our capacity to provide in-person help to Central Labor Councils, area labor federations and other union and allied organizations.

  Brother Thomas, who began work Monday, is an experienced labor and progressive organizer, having worked for the United Auto Workers, American Federation of Teachers, Texas Organizing Project and Texas Campaign for the Environment, as well as in campaigns for labor-backed candidates.

  Holder of a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Prairie View A&M, Thomas will work primarily with the Texas AFL-CIO Campaigns Department to help with organizing drives, block walks, protests, union events and other advocacy for working families in Texas.

  “Rod Thomas brings another strong organizing perspective to the state labor federation, and we are so glad he has joined our staff,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “Thanks to Rich Trumka and the entire AFL-CIO, which provided grant funding that enabled us to hire Rod. We know he is going to make a difference for working people in Texas.”

  Thomas said, “I am so excited to be a part of the Texas AFL-CIO family. I would love the opportunity to assist unions around the state in any way possible. If you are planning an action in a central labor body, please contact me if you can use help (512-477-6195 or rod@texasaflcio.org). I want to hit the ground running to grow the labor movement in Texas.”