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-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
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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
Today's Fair Shots - July 12, 2017
1-Insurance Industry to Cruz: Don't Do Us Any Favors on Health Care
2-Are Reports of the Death of E-Mail Greatly Exaggerated?
3-Trumka Asks Senate to Delve Deeply Into Trump's NLRB Nominees
4-Texas AFT Notes Pre-Filed Education Bills for Special Session
5-Save Date for Texas AFL-CIO Golf Tourney
Today's Fair Shots - July 12th, 2017
1-Texas in Middle of National Power Struggle Between States and Cities as Special Session Looms a Week Away
2-Columnist: Teacher Pay Raise Proposal Looks Like a Trap for Teachers, Local School Districts
3-Cruz Health Care Proposal a Redistribution From Poor to Wealthy
4-Dallas News Strongly Criticizes Paxton for Placing Texas Among States Looking to End 'Dreamer' Program
5-New Well-Reviewed Book Explores Origins of 'Right to Work' Laws
Today's Fair Shots - July 11th, 2017
1-'Sunset and Sine Die' a New Rally Cry for Special Session
2-Bill Would Repeal 'Show Me Your Papers' Immigration Law Before It Takes Effect
3-Workers at Nissan Plant in Mississippi File for Union Representation Election
Today's Fair Shots - June 28th, 2017
1-Convention Marks Outstanding Display of Solidarity
2-John Patrick Discusses Legislature and Imperative for Labor to Advocate for Civil Rights for All
3-Vote on Awful Senate Health Care Bill Is Postponed Until After July 4 Recess
4-Texas AFL-CIO Joins in Anti-SB 4 Protest as Federal Judge Considers First Steps in Lawsuit Against 'Show Me Your Papers' Law
5-Tideland Houston Chapter of APRI to Honor 'Legends,' Including Vivian Willis of Texas AFL-CIO
6-20 Years of Harry Potter Include a Strong Union Message
Today's Fair Shots - June 15, 2017
1-Resort to Violence Unacceptable
2-It's Official: Fox News Not 'Fair and Balanced'
3-Dallas, Fort Worth Mayors Worry About Effect on Canada of 'Buy American' Law
4-Call Cruz and Cornyn re: Health Care; Miracles Are Possible
5- New Friedrichs-style Case Makes Way to Supreme Court, Threatens Unions
6-Funeral Arrangements Posted for Correctional Officer Who Died in Line of Duty
Today's Fair Shots - June 14, 2017
1-Signing of 'Buy American' Bill Sets Stage for Part 2 Debate in 2019
2-Trump Blasts Health Care Repeal He Celebrated When It Passed U.S. House
3-IAM Posts Anti-ALEC Video Featuring Brother Danny Cooke
4-One More Thing on Courage Victory: He's a Long-Time Union Member
Today's Fair Shots - June 13, 2017
1-Deceased Correctional Officer, Gone in Line of Duty, 'Touched a Lot of People's Hearts'
2-AFL-CIO Says Labor Will Support a NAFTA That Offers Shared Prosperity and 'Never Forget' If Treaty Further Rigs Rules
3-Abbott Signs State Budget, But Vetoes $120 Million, Including Funds for Colonias
4-American-Statesman: Abbott Focus on Weakening Cities Is 'Anti-Texan'
5-Labor Scores Electoral Wins in San Antonio, Including New Mayor
6-Report: Social Security Makes Cold Calls to Give Seniors Questionable Financial Advice