"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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Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, I learned at an early age the power of unions to dramatically improve the opportunities of black families in America.

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The tension between work and time off has always been a concern of the American labor movement. Work may be one of our core values, but it has a purpose, which is to allow us to live good lives, provide for ourselves and our families and, yes, to earn some time off to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Today, work and time off are badly out of balance, and Labor Day is a case in point.

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The Dallas AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast will be part of a mighty effort to help Texas disaster victims

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Everything is happening with labor. Be a part of it by attending labor's main event, the AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast at 8:30 AM on September 4th at Eddie Deen's Ranch, 944 S Lamar, Dallas 75202. Reserve your tickets at 512-636-7211 or buy them for $35 at the door.

Dallas AFL-CIO leader Mark York is looking for ways to help our brothers and sisters in the flood disaster areas. He is also concerned about the thousands of evacuees pouring into North Texas. Money and volunteers are needed.

On August 31, York and other North Texas unionists sat in on a two-hours-plus teleconference involving state and national AFL-CIO leaders. National AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler began by emphasizing the extent of the damage to the Gulf Coast and the duration of the problem.

Working people are taking fewer vacation days and working more. That's the top finding in a new national survey, conducted by polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the AFL-CIO in collaboration with the Economic Policy Institute and the Labor Project for Working Families. In the survey, the majority of America's working people credit labor unions for many of the benefits they receive.

As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another.

“The outsized hearts and incredible stamina of working people help make our state the kind of place where the job of saving lives gets done right and where neighbors rush through danger to help neighbors. If Hurricane Harvey is a test, working people are passing it with flying colors.” - Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick 

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In January, I was invited to serve on President Donald Trump’s manufacturing council, along with my boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. At the time, I was deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO (the largest federation of trade unions in America) and a spokesperson for the organization on trade, manufacturing, and economic policy. President Trumka and I agreed to serve because we believed — and still do — that working people should have a voice in crucial government decisions affecting their jobs, their lives, and their families.