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

 Volunteer soldiers are needed as labor’s battles heat up.

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While certain Texas politicians continue efforts to suppress voting, activists are fighting back by registering more voters. Although next year’s elections are the main focus, the November 2 election on amending the Texas constitution gives an important deadline for registering: Monday, October 4.

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Twenty years ago today, on a Sunday afternoon in Brookwood, Alabama, 32 coal miners descended 2,000 feet below the ground into the Jim Walter Resources Blue Creek No. 5 Mine for a routine maintenance check.

Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recently, I spotted the ramp workers on the tarmac, busily unloading bags and doing safety checks on the plane in 115 degree heat. Most passengers were anxious to deplane, ready to head to baggage claim, not giving a second thought to the work happening all around them to make their journey happen.

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar attended the Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council meeting on September 16. “Things can change by the minute,” was how he characterized the situation in Texas for working families.

Leonard Aguilar

Who benefits when we fight each other? Certain politicians. Certain politicians try to line up support for their own power grabs. To them, we are just cannon fodder. In a wider view, corporate America benefits by every division among us workers and retirees.

Nationwide, this Labor Day will be about passing legislation for working families. The Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is the most important bill in Congress. Organized workers can fight off all other attacks.

The Dallas Virtual Labor Day Breakfast will strengthen labor. Get involved by contacting Mariah at [email protected]

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler discussed the economy and jobs with the Christian Science Monitor. She also reflected on becoming the first woman to lead the union. The organization’s previous president, Richard Trumka, passed away in August 2021. Other topics discussed included workers' rights legislation and the upcoming midterm elections. 

Watch the segment on C-SPAN.