TODAY'S FAIR SHOTS - MARCH 23, 2017
1-WSJ: Trump's 'Endless Stream of Exaggerations, Evidence-free Accusations, Implausible Denials and Other Falsehoods'
2-Health Care Vote Could Cement Atrocious 'First 100 Days'
3-ULLCO Takes Action on Labor Bills
4-FAX Your Senator From Your Mobile Phone - The RESISTBOT
OPPOSED HB 463 by Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, the return of a bill that would deny Unemployment Insurance benefits in situations where employees give long advance notice of intent to leave the company only to be fired on the spot. This bill falls into the "No good deed goes unpunished" category and would disrupt a long-standing mutual courtesy between employers and employees on the issue of notice. Workers who think highly enough of employers to allow for an orderly replacement process only to lose weeks or even months of employment as a result would be penalized. This is a mean-spirited effort to reward bad behavior by employers, who would not be charged under UI for a dismissal that never should have taken place. If the bill becomes law, our advice to working people in Texas would be to simply stop giving notice when they plan to resign;
ENDORSED HB 1615 by Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas (companion is SB 571 by Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio), which would establish a career ladder that would offer step-up wage increases for many state employees;
ENDORSED HB 665 by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, which would require state and local contractors to verify that a company being hired on a public project has not committed wage theft;
OPPOSED HB 153 by Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, which would cut off municipal licensing requirements. Such licenses often enhance the health and safety of working people and customers;
ENDORSED HB 29 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston (companion is SB 1569 by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston), an omnibus bill that advances the attack on human trafficking in Texas; and
ENDORSED SB 128 by Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston (companion is HB 272 by Senfronia Thompson), which would require commercial driver's license applicants to take a training course on human trafficking.
4. The RESISTBOT launched on social media giving citizens the ability to FAX their representatives from their mobile phone. Text RESIST to 50409
Our office tested it and loved it. Here's more info: https://resistbot.io/index.html