"The tide is with working families," says Mark York, the principal officer of the Dallas AFL-CIO.

Support for the labor movement is the highest in nearly half a century, yet only one in 10 workers are members of unions today. How can both be true?

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The Dallas AFL-CIO has already engaged in the electoral season through November, 2018. Early screening for two critical Dallas County races, District Attorney and Democratic Party Chair, is already underway. A larger screening for over 100 local races will take place after all nominations are completed in December.

As a pillar of the Democratic Party, unions have wanted for years to see mainstream Democrats push for major reforms to the law that would rejuvenate the ranks of organized labor. At the press conference Wednesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded the proposals, but also emphasized that many Democrats have taken their union support for granted.

Tax Giveaways and Budget Cuts Threaten

Eva Dominguez of ARA

Dallas labor wants power for working families, and power is decided in elections. The October 19 Central Labor Council meeting took up many issues and activities, but none is more important than our unified electoral work.

All affiliated union members are invited to the Dallas Central Labor Council Meeting

  • 7:30 PM, Third Thursday, October 19
  • 1408 N Washington, Dallas TX 75208
  • For more information: 214-826-4808

Everyone, union members or not, who is interested in working with labor is invited to the on-line meetings at 7 PM on Sunday evenings. Click this link:

"We advocate for the worker nobody wants to build a labor movement everyone wants"

~ Mark York, Dallas AFL-CIO

The Dallas AFL-CIO has cancelled its benefit golf tournament in the face of the Gulf Coast tragedy and political challenges at the national, state, and local level. Even before our October 19 Central Labor Council meeting, working families will be taking action on threats to our standard of living and our very existence.

Some 275 volunteers – pilots, mechanics, flight attendants and other workers – took off from Newark International Airport on October 4 on a union-sponsored relief mission to hurricane-smashed Puerto Rico, the AFL-CIO announced. Some 50 unionized registered nurses, members of National Nurses United, flew in from San Francisco the day before to join the mission.

The unionists headed for the island commonwealth, whose 3.4 million residents lack power, food, drinkable water and other resources, two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit.

Privatization Threatens Again

On September 29, Dallas AFL-CIO leaders Mark York and Lorraine Montemayor listened to members of the Dallas County School Board. They said that school transportation services are facing a privatization effort led by Republican State Senator Don Huffines of Garland. Huffines wants to dissolve the service after the November 7 election.