Approved Resolutions

The following resolutions have been approved by the delegates to the 2019 Texas AFL-CIO 60th Constitutional Convention.

WHEREAS, the number of Americans without health insurance is still nearly 30 million, while more than 40 million Americans remain underinsured, despite important gains made since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act;

WHEREAS, every person in America/Texas deserves high-quality health care;

WHEREAS, the consensus of the global scientific community has determined humanity has 12 years to act to avert the worst effects of a climate catastrophe; 

WHEREAS, climate change poses an immediate and long-term threat to all working people, our communities and our economic security; 

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service, created in 1792, is a constitutionally mandated service and remains a national treasure belonging to the people of this country; and 

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service is a self-sustaining, independent establishment that does not receive taxpayer funding and relies solely on revenue derived from the sale of postal services and products; and

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service and its more than 500,000 employees are at the center of the $1.4 trillion mailing industry, employing a total of 7.5 million Americans; and 

Whereas:  The ILO celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, and it is timely to reflect on the many life-changing events which are linked to the ten decades of ILO history.

Whereas:  The ILO, created in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles  that ended World War I, still has a timeless mission in the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice

Whereas, Vote-By- Mail is a convenience to any registered voter which allows those voters to research and study those candidates and proposals presented on the ballot from the comfort of their own home,

And Whereas, Vote-By-Mail gives the voter an opportunity to vote whether they are disabled, ill, without transportation or any other situation that would hinder their ability to go to the polls,

And Whereas, Vote-By-Mail would be available for all elections thus saving time for all voters

Whereas, the Texas Workforce Commission, in 2019, approved a new “marketplace contractor” rule that clears a pathway for “digitally-based” companies to designate their workers as independent contractors for purposes of unemployment insurance and other benefits; and,

Whereas, the Texas Legislature, in 2017, gave ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, the authority to classify their employees as independent contractors, thereby stripping them of basic labor rights and protections and allowing the companies to evade payroll taxes; and,

WHEREAS, Democratic Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson gave vision to the U.S. Space Program which for over fifty years has united the American people in pride of leadership in space and space-related technology, and is an investment in America’s future and a national treasure; and, 

WHEREAS, NASA contributed to America’s goals in economic growth and security, preserving the environment, educational excellence, and peaceful exploration and discovery such as the Mars-Sojourner and the Hubble telescope’s exploration of distant galaxies; and, 

WHEREAS, 800,000 federal employees, many of whom work in Texas, have served our nation with distinction and Texans appreciate the public services that federal workers deliver to our state;

WHEREAS, the Texas labor movement benefits mightily from the participation and growth of the American Federation of Government Employees, which has its largest contingent of state membership in Texas;

WHEREAS, the Trump Administration is attacking and threatening the collective bargaining rights federal employees exercise through AFGE and other unions;

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO launched a Citizenship Drive program in 2018 that seeks to help eligible residents fill out a daunting citizenship application and take a major step toward naturalization;

WHEREAS, the program began with financial and strategic support from the national AFL-CIO;

WHEREAS, the first Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Clinics were held in Austin, and the program has expanded to Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Beaumont, with other cities planned for future events;

WHEREAS, the future of the labor movement in Texas depends on recruitment, development and power-building among young workers;

WHEREAS, young workers in our state and nation face radically changing work environments and rules for success that threaten the livelihoods of working families and are fracturing the path to the middle class;

WHEREAS, all union members, retirees and allies have a fundamental obligation to build a stronger labor movement so working families can thrive in the future;

WHEREAS, free trade agreements of the last 25 years like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have benefited multinational corporations and economic elites at the expense of working families;

WHEREAS, NAFTA has displaced close to one million U.S. jobs, allowing China into the World Trade Organization has cost 3.2 million jobs, and the most recent FTA with Korea has already caused the loss of more than 90,000 jobs in 5 years;

WHEREAS, for more than three-and-a-half years, American Airlines has been in collective bargaining negotiations with its Fleet Service, Stores, and Maintenance & Related ground workers (including Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Plant Maintenance Mechanics) represented by the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) and International Association of Machinists (IAM) - both members of the AFL-CIO;

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO has consistently joined the national AFL-CIO in support of comprehensive immigration reform that would include placing undocumented workers on a lawful path to citizenship;

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO has advocated for legal status for Dreamers, who came to the U.S. at a young age with their parents, have known life only in America and are making important and growing contributions to the United States;

WHEREAS, the population of military veterans who have served our nation with distinction has always been well-represented within the Texas AFL-CIO;

WHEREAS, from the inception of the Texas AFL-CIO veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, conflicts in the Middle East and other venues for military operations have lent their wisdom, perspective and leadership to the struggle to improve the lives of working families;