Dallas Labor News October 21, 2016

Labor Victories Are Close

Brian Golden's campaign shirt was appreciated by Kara Sheehan and Lorraine Montemayor

Kara Sheehan and Lorraine Montemayor appreciated Brian Golden's campaign shirt

The Dallas AFL-CIO Labor Council meeting on October 20 committed to “home stretch” activities to win the November 8 elections. Our door-to-door canvassing, our phone banking, and our other public activities (see “more actions” below) take on special significance now that winning seems close at hand.

Victoria Neave received a donation from Transport Workers members


State Representative candidates Rhetta Bowers, Terry Meza, and Victoria Neave all expressed their thanks to union representatives and urged us toward a splendid final effort. Political Director Lorraine Montemayor reported that labor’s candidates have a lot to be grateful for. An example: Dallas activists have knocked on 1,974 doors so far in this campaign! More thousands of phone calls have been made!

Solidarity Forever

The October 20 meeting included ongoing solidarity efforts with our growing list of friends:

  • We passed a resolution from the Workers Defense Project for fair treatment for construction workers on school district projects.
  • We agreed to send a delegate to the Young Workers State Summit in Houston January 19-21. The Building Trades and the Transit Union are also sending delegates.
  • We will donate $500 to the Dallas NAACP in solidarity with their efforts to protect African Americans from violence.
  • We will send a delegate to the Coalition of Labor Union Women leadership conference in Las Vegas November 12

More Actions Coming Up

Oct 21, 6:30P: "DINNER & DANCING UNDER THE STARS" FUNDRAISER on N. Olive St. between the Woodall Rogers Freeway access roads in Dallas. We'll gather on the public sidewalk on the NE side of KLYDE WARREN PARK (near the covered stage area) to oppose Dakota Access Pipeline. Contact: Yolonda Bluehorse at 972-971-5676 or Frankie Orona at 210-679-5252.

Oct 22, 5P: Rally for Growth Not Cuts. Performance by Musicians of Fort Worth at Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St. FW 76102. Dallas AFL-CIO leader Mark York has been invited to speak. See fwsomusicians.com

Oct 22, 8:30A: Breakfast then GOTV block walking from 1924 Baird Farm Rd in Arlington. Contact Laura at 817 284 1461

Oct 22, 9A: KNON 89.3FM “Workers Beat” radio show will talk with some of the 13 school bus drivers recently fired. Call in 972-647-1893

Oct 22, 9:30A: Breakfast then GOTV block walking from 1934 Pendleton, Garland, 75041. Contact Lorraine at 214-448-1557

Oct 22 (all day, times TBA): City-wide Day of Music. Free performances ongoing at various locations around Fort Worth, See fwsomusicians.com

Oct 23, 1-5P: Family Fun Picnic Day with NALC Letter Carriers Local 132, 8541 Endicott, Dallas 75227.

Oct 23 at 7:00: Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Michael Shih, solo violin at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway Ave.  General Admission Prices:  $20 Adults, $15 Senior Citizens, $5 Students. See  fwsomusicians.com

Oct 24, 10:30: First day of early voting rally at Allen Courts Building, 600 Commerce in downtown Dallas. Contact Judy Bryant  at 214-729-0063

Oct 24 & 25, 5:30-8P: Union phone banking from 1408 N Washington. Contact Lorraine at 214-448-1557

Oct 27, 6P: Dallas school employees will speak up for decent grievance procedures at the Board meeting at 3700 Ross Avenue. Wear red and support workers. Contact George at 214-325-6693

Oct 28, Noon: Rally, “Are Walmart’s Values the Same as Donald Trump’s?” in front of El Centro College, 801 Main, Dallas 75202. http://makingchangeatwalmart.org

Oct 29, 8:30A: Breakfast then combined Tarrant and Dallas GOTV block walking. Contact Lorraine at 214-448-1557

Oct 30, 7P: Halloween Concert at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5501 Briarhaven Rd.  This is a free, family oriented concert, but donations gratefully accepted.  See fwsomusicians.com

Nov 8, 6-9P: Labor’s election watch party at VFW Post 6796, 9179 Garland Rd, Dallas 75218. Contact Jennifer

--Gene Lantz, Press Secretary