Dallas Labor Is Election Force

February 15 is the final deadline to file for local elections. As soon as candidates are approved, they will be listed by the Dallas elections department. After that, the Dallas AFL-CIO will begin its careful screening process and recommend candidates who are best for working families. Activists are already attending the many ongoing campaign activities to evaluate candidates.

Campaign meeting

UNITE-HERE Steps Ahead on election

Bo Delp announces a DFW Airport Campaign Kickoff Event:
WHO:  Airline catering workers at DFW International Airport, UNITE HERE Local 23, Dallas elected officials, candidates, and community allies.

WHAT: Kickoff event (open press) to end poverty wages for airline catering workers preparing inflight meals for American Airlines flights at DFW International Airport. Program includes key speakers and open discussion immediately following. We're asking for a minimum of $15 per hour, raises to address wage compression, and access to affordable health care.

WHEN: February 18, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm. Food will be served immediately after the program for those who wish to stay until 7:30pm.

WHERE: Dallas AFL-CIO, 1408 N Washington Ave # 240, Dallas, TX 75204

WHY: While American Airlines has announced nearly $12 billion in profits since 2015, over half of more than 800 airline catering workers at DFW make less than $12 per hour, and some make as low as $9.85 per hour. Working families are coming together at DFW International Airport to share their stories and ask for $15 per hour and access to affordable health care.

CONTACT: Bo Delp, UNITE HERE Local 23, email: [email protected], cell: 202-341-7191

Bosses Do Not Get to Pick Union Leaders

From early reports, it is possible that one of the top officers of UAW 848 has been fired. Corey Gregg. an outstanding negotiator and grievance representative, may have been terminated while he was enthusiastically representing a union member. Gregg is pictured with his children at a Dallas AFL-CIO meeting. Union members always stand by our elected leaders because, otherwise, our bosses would be able to choose them through selective firing.
A similar situation recently came up between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338 and management at Dallas Area Transit over their firing of an award-winning union representative.

School Employees Lead

Louis Malfaro and Sherlynn Samuel

The Texas AFL-CIO reports that Louis Malfaro of the American Federation of Teachers testified to the Texas House Public Education Committee against tying teacher merit pay to standardized state tests. School employees across the nation are opposing divisive pay schemes and other cuts to public education. Denver educators won 11% across-the-board raises with a three-day strike, just after a similar victory in Los Angeles. Earlier this month, Oakland educators resoundingly passed a strike authorization vote. They asked supporters to wear red as part of the national "red4ed" campaign. The Dallas AFL-CIO had already asked everyone to start wearing red every Thursday.

In Dallas, Alliance/AFT members and education supporters are preparing to take buses to Austin for a giant lobby day on the first day of Spring Break, March 11. Reserve a bus seat with a $25 check to Alliance/AFT, 334 Centre, Dallas TX 75208. The checks will be returned on the bus. 

More Actions Coming Up

Feb 17: Congressional recess begins. Visit your congressperson! Judy Bryant of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans is organizing delegations: 214-729-0063

Feb 18, 6P: Unite-Here campaign kickoff event at 1408 N Washington

Feb 19, 7:30P: Tarrant County Central Labor Council monthly meeting for affiliated members at IUOE 178 Union Hall, 4025 Rufe Snow Dr., NRH. 817-284-1461

Feb 21, 7:30P: Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council meeting for all affiliated members at 1408 N Washington

Mar 11, 6A: Buses leave 334 Centre Street for Texas AFT Lobby Day