North Texas union people are sharing Christmas cheer.

The November 18 meeting of the Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council revealed that labor is in an unprecedented activity boom.

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The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)—first passed in the 1930s—is supposed to provide workers protection from anti-union retaliation in the pursuit of organizing and collective bargaining. However, a new report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that the NLRA is no longer up to the task of protecting workers from anti-union actions by our employers.

Labor supporters are increasing the pace now that early voting is underway and election day looms near. Those who have had a few minutes of direction from Political Director Mariah Warwick will be phone banking on their own all weekend and through the final week. Even 30 minutes of your time can make a difference!

On Tuesday, a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd. While many in the labor movement were quick to commend the verdict, we also know that the work of racial justice must continue.

José Acevedo served in the U.S. Army before teaching high school history in New York City. After being stationed in the Panama Canal Zone from 1974 to 1977, he spent the next 30-plus years teaching ninth and tenth grade and became a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

On Friday, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler celebrated the House passing the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1195), which directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a federal workplace violence prevention standard to protect workers in health care and social services from injury and death:

Do Dallas activists appreciate the relationship between our problems and the need to organize working families? If they do, they will surely join the Dallas AFL-CIO’s effort to win the current elections and unify our progressive movement. Contact Political Director Mariah Warwick and find out just how easy it is to make a major difference!

Voting has begun in the 2021 local elections. A good turnout would help affirm democracy at a time when it is clearly under assault. Your labor movement entreats you to join the Good Guys in the fight. Contact [email protected] for instructions and any training you might need.

Once activists begin helping, they may often set their own schedules.

Lisa Pedersen of Revere, Massachusetts, has been a United Steelworkers (USW) member for 34 years. As “the first girl in [her] area” when she started as a gas leak investigator and repair person for the National Grid, Pedersen is used to being a leader. She is now a “working leader” at the National Grid, and her union loyalty and leadership instincts have particularly shone during the past couple of years.