THE VOICE OF LABOR IN TEXAS
We are teachers, firefighters and farm workers, actors and engineers, pilots and public employees, painters and plumbers, steelworkers and screenwriters, doctors and nurses, stagehands, electricians and more. We believe that people who work make Texas work and that together, we are better.
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
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Today's Fair Shots - August 17, 2017
1-John Patrick: 'Time to Pass the Baton'
2-Abbott Doesn't Rule Out Another Special Session
3-Defeat of SB 7 the Product of Thousands of Working People Making Voices Heard
4-Education Package Has Some Decent Features, But Overall Is a Minor Step With a Bad Precedent
5-Trump Dissolves Two Manufacturing Councils After Cascade of Resignations; Trumka: It Became Clear Promise of Councils Was Broken
6-Take Note: It's Still Possible to Buy a U.S.-Made - Yea, a Texas-Made - Baseball Glove
Today's Fair Shots - August 16, 2017
1-The Legislature Ends the Special Session on a Mixed Note
2-Disgrace the Nation: Trump Regresses on Charlottesville, Draws Praise From David Duke
3-Trumka Quits Presidential Council on Manufacturing
4-Two Texas Congressional Districts Must Be Redrawn, Federal Judges Rule, Finding Discriminatory Intent
5-Texas Leading Attack on 'Dreamers' on 5th Anniversary of DACA; Protest at Paxton's Office Leads to Arrests
6-Labor Day Schedule of Central Labor Council Events
Today's Fair Shots - August 15, 2017
1-House Dramatically Rejects Payroll Dues Deduction Amendment
2-Bill to Artificially Cap Spending by Local Governments Pronounced Dead
3-Texas Building & Construction Trades Council Elects Officers
4-Following Events in Charlottesville, Texas A&M Cancels White Supremacist Rally Over Safety Concerns
Today's Fair Shots - August 14, 2017
1-John Patrick: Labor Movement Will Fight Racism, Anti-Semitism, Other Forms of Hatred at Every Turn
2-Trumka Condemns 'Worst Kind of Evil in Our World'
3-Cummings: 'We Will Not Stand for It'
4-'White Lives Matter' Rally Set for Texas A&M
5-Times Editorial: Nissan Election Inevitably Connected to Low-Wage Strategy in South
Today's Fair Shots - August 8th, 2017
1-UAW Lost an Election in Mississippi, But Showcased Brave Union Advocates
2-Nissan Worker: 'It Ain't Over Yet'
3-Dan Patrick's Amazing Admission: Problem With Some Cities Is They Are Run by Democrats
4-Forbes: Amazon Wages Don't Justify Millions in Incentives for Warehouses
5-Labor Department Grants Available to Help Women Get Apprenticeships
Today's Fair Shots - August 2, 2017
1-Police, Firefighters, EMS and Even Charities Are in Sights of Promoters of SB 7
2-ULLCO Endorses Bills Aimed at High Rate of Maternal Mortality in Texas
3-Texas House Uses Rainy Day Fund to Advance Bills Helping Retired Teachers
4-Nissan Unloads Against UAW in Momentous Attempt to Organize Mississippi Factory
5-York: Corporate Culture at Southwest Airlines Has Changed for the Worse
Today's Fair Shots - August 1, 2017
1-Unions Help African-American Women Begin to Close Pay Gap
2-Near Seattle, $15 an Hour Minimum Wage and Boom in Hotels Co-Exist
3-Bob Martinez Jr.: Boeing Moves to Export Work Threatens American Aerospace Industry
Today's Fair Shots - July 27th, 2017
1-Let's Hope for Strike Three on Health Care Reform in U.S. Senate
2-Payroll Deduction Bill Moves Out of Senate, But Takes on Significant Damage
3-Texas AFT Helps Deliver Dose of Reality to Teacher Pay Bill
4-ULLCO Opposes Chunk of Special Session Agenda
5-Trump White House Messing With Overtime Rule; Most Salaried Workers Still Obligated to Work 'Overtime' for Free
Today's Fair Shots - July 19th, 2017
1-Grammatical Question: Did TrumpCare Go Up in Flames or Down in Flames? Either Way, The People Win
2-Lawmaker Takes New Constitutional Shot at Right of Working People to Support Labor Organizations in Texas
3-Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth Is Hiring, and the Jobs Are Union, IAM Reports
4-AFL-CIO Formally Opposes Trump NLRB Nominees
Today's Fair Shots - July 14, 2017
1-Malfaro: Dan Patrick School Finance Plan Asks Schools to 'Make Bricks Without Straw'
2-New TrumpCare Proposal Stays Ugly, But Awaits Further Action
3-Death of Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo Exposes Heart of 'Buy Chinese' Movement
4-Columnist: Millennials Need to Assume Leadership in Labor Movement