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 work the early shift and the late shift. We are the unemployed, students and retirees. We believe that people who work make Texas work and that together, we are better.
Because I am in a union I know that tomorrow my job and my family are protected. My family and I are a part of a strong organization that will continue to fight for our rights.
Krissy • AFSCME 1624
Being in a union means building power for working people. We are stronger together and collective power levels the playing field between workers and corporate elites.
Steven • CWA 6132
Being in a union means I have a voice. Whether it's regarding safety, pay or even work practices, my voice will be heard and that's one of the greatest rights I can think of.
Jason • AFSCME
The union has taught me many lessons in how to deal with difficult people. As a young professional that type of skill is invaluable.
The Texas AFL-CIO is a state federation of labor unions representing 237,000 members in Texas. We are one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin. We advocate for working people -- union and non-union alike -- in the political and legislative arenas. We provide support for unions in organizing new members and we coordinate a variety of community service, volunteer and educational programs.