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“Solidarity Brother” Tevita Uhatafe was interviewed on national television as he visited yet another American picket line.

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Union supporters are placing their orders for sponsorships, advertisements, and tickets for what is expected to be the biggest and best Dallas Labor Day Breakfast in history. We expect to continue record-breaking attendance, news coverage, and amazing speakers.

This week, the AFL-CIO is leading a PRO Act Week of Action, part of the labor movement’s national campaign urging senators to pass this transformative labor law reform. This week of action includes at least one event near every U.S. senator’s office.

In April 2020, after the labor market took its largest one-month hit in modern history, Black men and women suffered job losses proportionate to those of white women. Still, their losses were far less severe than those of Hispanic men and women. Black workers already had higher unemployment rates, as has always been the case, but their unemployment rates did not skyrocket as much as other groups.

Tech-savvy Brother Travis Cantwell guided the Dallas AFL-CIO through a well-attended “hybrid” meeting July 15 with some participants on-line and others physically present. The delegates planned for success on Labor Day, political goals, and solidarity with working families.

This month, Union Plus launched a new Retiree Healthcare Program in partnership with Anthem and the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Trust.

Union Plus and the AFL-CIO are proud of this innovative program that provides comprehensive health care options to Medicare-eligible retirees through two Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield group Medicare Advantage plans designed exclusively for retired union members (and their spouses/partners). These group plans feature enhanced benefits compared to what members could purchase for themselves through the individual insurance market.

2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch report, which was unveiled this morning by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW).

Union Plus offers a variety of hardship benefits to union members and our families, including grants for eligible union members who participate in certain Union Plus programs. An expansion of hardship benefits took effect on July 1, 2021. The trustees for the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Fund updated hardship grant eligibility for job loss, furlough, strike, disability, hospital and disaster relief to have a greater positive impact on union families.

The first special Texas legislative session of 2021 is underway. It may last as long as 30 days. The Texas AFL-CIO is co-ordinating activities to defend our rights. Sign up here