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Canvassing at 10 AM on Saturday, October 13, begins at 2741 E Beltline Rd#110 in Carrollton. We canvassed in Richardson last week.

Your Dallas AFL-CIO projects a rigorous schedule to affect the November election. Join us at 10 AM Saturday, October 6, at 1701 Greenville#1000 in Richardson.

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It seems every talking head in Washington has been in a frenzy recently, rushing to either glorify or condemn the new North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. But the truth is that it is still too early to pass any final judgment.

It is fitting that a major forum on Texas school problems took place in a union hall. All progressives are concerned about education, and labor is the center of the progressive movement. The Alliance/AFT school employees’ union and its allies organized “The State of Our Schools” on September 29 at the Communications Workers’ hall at 1408 N Washington in Dallas. Their coalition, “Our Communities, Our Schools,” is a broad group of concerned organizations and individuals.

Every contact we make moves us closer to winning the November elections. Progressives are moving through neighborhoods, using the internet, and telephoning potential voters. It all counts. Even if all we learn is that a telephone number is no good, we have improved our information base and moved ahead!

The Dallas AFL-CIO held a special phone banking night on September 25 as part of the national voter registration day. While eating pizza and chocolate cake, we called hundreds of people to offer to help them get registered.

Richard Trumka came to Milwaukee Tuesday to fire up labor activists and tear into Gov. Scott Walker.

The national president of the AFL-CIO used his address at the group's state convention to portray Walker as a "little puppet" of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Walker, the two-term Republican governor whose Act 10 crippled organized labor in 2011, faces Democrat Tony Evers in the fall.

"On November 6 we’re going to have one hell of a party — a Scott Walker retirement party," Trumka said.

The Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council meeting on September 20 was worth bragging about.

Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

Dallas AFL-CIO Political Director has published an updated list of labor's candidates. See https://www.texasaflcio.org/dallas/labors-election-work/ballot-guide-november. Further screening will be necessary in Dallas City Council District 4, where there are 13 candidates almost certainly headed  for a runoff in December.

Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement.

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