Labor History

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Plumbers in Texas scored a significant win today when a bill written to dissolve the board regulating licensing of workers in the trade was amended to postpone the effective date for two years.

Today is Day 4 of the 140-day regular session of the 86thTexas Legislature.  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of The ULLCO Sentinel. “ULLCO” is the United Labor Legislative Committee, the lobbying arm of the Texas AFL-CIO representing Texas labor unions and participating allies.

Today is Day Minus-4 of the regular session of the 86th Texas Legislature. Blastoff and the start of a 140-day clock takes place Tuesday, Jan. 8th, with the session running until Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day. 

Brothers and Sisters:

Short and sweet: Today we can build worker power at the voting booths. 

Working families have streamed to the polls – more than half our movement has already voted in many key Texas locations – and records for early voting have fallen. 

After 1982, when President Reagan deliberately union-busted the PATCO union, labor leaders realized that they needed some new approaches. Strikers had to face not only vicious corporations, but the government as well. 

The giant LTV Aerospace Company attempted to force UAW 848 in Grand Prairie out on strike in March of 1984. Instead, the union members continued to go to work. The only difference was that they would "work to rule" and do exactly what their jobs required without adding any extra help or good will toward management.

Three old timers in the North Texas labor movement will talk at UT-Arlington library on November 9. 12:30PM on the 6th floor.

Two great labor leaders and me

Peter Johnson told me some good stories while we were marching through downtown Dallas in the annual Good Friday march on April 14, 2017.

Texas implemented its "right to work/scab" law even before the federal law (Taft-Hartley) made it legal. The phrase, one of the most successfully misleading propaganda phrases in history, is credited to the Dallas Morning News, and they acknowledge it.

Texas AFL-CIO Communications Director Ed Sills sent this out on February 22, 2017:

The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged in 1955. 

Dallas Charter dated May 1, 1956

The Dallas charter is dated May 1, 1956