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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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Today, the AFL-CIO and GBAO released a nationwide poll of registered voters that found more than three-quarters of Americans support workers’ efforts to organize a union at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. The findings come days after voting closed in the organizing drive and demonstrate a significant rise in public support.

Easter inspires renewed hope. Things are looking up in America, and we can thank the labor movement and others who have worked hard in progressive politics. Without those efforts, we wouldn’t be seeing:

Voting rights are under attack in the Texas Legislature. Labor and other progressives are mobilizing around the state. Many of us attended a livestreamed event at Democratic Party Headquarters, next door to CWA 6215, on March 24. There, we were reminded that voting rights is very much a civil rights issue.

“This suite of target date CIT funds is a welcome addition to the lineup of financial products which carry the AFL-CIO name,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Defined benefit plans remain the bedrock of a secure retirement. However, the Labor Movement’s philosophy that all Americans are entitled to retire with dignity and financial security dictates that we must also ensure that defined contribution investors’ interests are protected. This product provides a cost-effective solution that brings this proposition to life.

“Millions of workers still do not have the strong COVID-19 protections they need to be safe at work. Marty Walsh’s strong leadership will be needed to urgently issue a strong, comprehensive OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard to set workplace safety rules, accompanied by strong enforcement to ensure workers are protected,” said Rebecca Reindel, the AFL-CIO’s safety and health director. Reindel said new rules and strong enforcement are “essential to President Biden’s promise to protect workers from COVID-19.”

An important meeting was held Thursday at the White House as the first female vice president, Kamala Harris, gathered with women labor leaders. The vice president called together the small group to discuss tackling the pandemic, creating an equitable recovery and getting women back to work.

If you want to fight for democracy, join labor’s voter turnout effort. Volunteer now at https://forms.gle/AbNc8AaHNrExcqcg7. Labor does not preach to voters, we organize them! The better our turnout for the May 1 elections, the better we defeat voter suppression in Texas!

“We are witnessing right now an unabashed assault on voting rights unlike anything we have ever seen since the Jim Crow era.”

Last week, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion investment in our country’s recovery and future success. AFL-CIO affiliate unions released a flurry of statements praising the bill’s enactment and highlighting how the American Rescue Plan will help our members.