Dallas AFL-CIO principal officer Mark York explains why citizens must stand with non-citizen workers:

United working families face every challenge together. An injury to one is an injury to all. The following comes from the Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO:

Your information, not the bosses' information! Click here and let's work together!

Mark York of the Dallas AFL-CIO encourages turnout to end the government shutdown and to save local jobs. Important Dallas rallies take place Tuesday, January 8, and Thursday, January 10.

AFGE 1003 workers need help

Strength comes from working together. To respond to every challenge and opportunity, working families have to be connected. Please connect yourself and your friends.

Social Media 

The Dallas AFL-CIO Facebook Page picked up 97 new “likes” this week. When labor posts important information, an increasing number of people see it on their Facebook newsfeed. Social media brings us together. 30% of the people who visit our Facebook page take some kind of action in solidarity with working families.

1. Janus dealt a heavy blow to labor—but public-sector unions didn’t crumble overnight.

In June, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Janus v. AFSCME—and it was just as bad as everyone feared. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court found that public-sector unions violated the First Amendment by collecting so-called fair-share fees from workers who aren’t union members but benefit from collective bargaining regardless.

A federal employee union sued the Trump administration Monday over the government shutdown, claiming it is illegal for agencies to force employees to work without pay.

The Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council meeting on December 20 was a short one. The longest part of it was swearing in one new Executive Board member, which takes about a minute. Afterward, it was Christmas party time at the Independent Bar in Deep Ellum.

Statement by Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy:

"If allowed to stand, today's outrageous ruling by a Fort Worth-based federal judge could eventually deprive millions of working people of a fair shot at affordable health care."

"We are ashamed that Gov. Abbott, indicted Attorney General Paxton and shadowy Texas interests that cannot abide a historic expansion of health care are undermining one of the clearest messages of the Nov. 6 election: Americans want and need affordable coverage for pre-existing conditions."

If you are part of a working family, the Dallas AFL-CIO is on your side. None of us are illegal; none of us are outsiders. The Dallas AFL-CIO joins Alliance/AFT in a special program to benefit union members who want to apply for citizenship. Volunteers and applicants are encouraged to attend a forum at 11AM tomorrow, December 15, at 334 Centre in Oak Cliff. The road to obtaining citizenship is not an easy one, but your labor movement will assist.

Last week was a bad week for autoworkers and the future of our domestic industry. On Nov. 26, General Motors (GM) announced its decision to halt production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Mich., assembly plants, idling thousands of workers.