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.
"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
In a news conference and in testimony before the House Business and Industry Committee, Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Director René Lara said the era in which the $7.25 wage floor was decent money has long passed.
A bill that would forbid publicly funded Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in Texas will be heard Thursday in the House Economic and Small Business Committee.
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.
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.
"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.”
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TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - April 28th, 2017
1-John Patrick: SB 4 'Will Harm All Working People'
2-Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Minors to Join a Union Hit Hard in Committee
3-Stand in Solidarity With Writers Guild
4-Pilots and Flight Attendants at American Airlines in Line for Mid-Contract Pay Raise
5-Corrected Links for Workers Defense Project Events
6-IATSE to Rally for Film Incentives at Texas Capitol
Today's Fair Shots - April 27th, 2017
1-Young Workers Come to Austin to Testify Against Senate Bill 75/House Bill 1987
2-Buy American' Bill Clears a Second Legislative Committee
3-'Death on the Job' Report Shows Texas Above Average in Rate of Workplace Fatalities
4-Hearing Held on Bill to Strengthen Regulation of Farmworker Housing
5-ULLCO Submits Testimony Supporting Bill to Provide Paid Leave for Working People
6-ULLCO Opposes Voucher-Related Bill
7-Stekler: Without Film Incentive Program, Texas Will Lose Out on Major Movies, TV Series
Today's Fair Shots - April 26th, 2017
1-Very Definition of 'Sanctuary City' in Play on the Day of SB4 Texas House Debate
2-Big, Bad Overtime Bill Is Back Under Trump Administration
3-Note on Workers Defense Project Programs for Workers Memorial Day, May Day
4-Texas AFL-CIO Joins in Condolences on Death of Bonnie Smith
Today's Fair Shots - April 25th, 2017
1-All Signals Point to War on House Floor Over 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill
2-Ironworkers Obtain Impressive Maternity Leave Benefit
3-Sylvia Daves Honored in Senate Resolution for 50 Years of Service to Texas
Today's Fair Shots - April 21st 2017
1-McGee Confirmation Keeps Fox in Pension Henhouse Until 2021
2-Federal Judges Rule Drawing of Texas House Districts Intentionally Discriminated Against Minority Voters
3-'Buy American' Bill Clears Key House Committee
4-AFL-CIO Expert Discusses Decline in Safety Regulations Under Trump
Today's Fair Shots - April 19th 2017
1-'Buy American' Measure Gets a Second Hearing
2-Huntsville Newspaper Details Capitol Visits by AFSCME Correctional Officers
3-IBEW Local in Austin Schedules a Washer Tournament; Sounds Like Fun
Today's Fair Shots - Tuesday, April 18th 2017
1-Some Government Regulations Falling by Wayside Involve Life and Death
2-Falkenberg: Disenfranchising Voters Is Worse Than United Dragging Passenger Off Plane
3-'Religious Freedom' Argument Used to Justify Underfunding Pensions at Catholic Hospital
TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - APRIL 13TH, 2017
1-Wow! Higher Pay Improves Child Abuse Investigation System
2-Texas State Employees Union Marches, Rallies for Better Livelihoods
3-House Panel Advances 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill; It's Improved Only in the Lipstick on a Pig Sense
4-Minors Have Excelled in Labor Unions Without Parental Permission
5-ADAPT Holds Overnight Vigil in Support of Better Pay for Home-Care Attendants
6-Do Something! Help IATSE in Battle to Fund Film Incentives So More Movies Are Made in Texas
Today's Fair Shots - April 12th, 2017
1-Under SB 75, Minors Could Work for Kroger Without Telling Parents, But Couldn't Speak Up Together There Without Parental Permission
2-Some Historical Notes on the Role of Unions in Halting Child Labor Abuse
3-Senate Panel Hears Bill That Would Provide Paid Rest Breaks to Construction Workers
4-TSEU Member: Don't Tell Me How to Spend My Money; Stop SB 13