Labor Celebrates Win in Beaumont Mayor Runoff Election

Across Texas, the labor movement is celebrating Saturday’s election victory by Communications Workers of America (CWA) member Robin Donatta Mouton in a runoff for Mayor of Beaumont.

The Sabine Area Central Labor Council worked mightily and indispensably in a coalition that brought in the win, knocking on thousands of doors, phoning union members across the city, holding events around voter participation, and ultimately contributing heavily to a turnout that was both elevated by the standard of a Juneteenth/Father’s Day weekend election and significantly larger than the May election that set up the runoff.

Justin Cooper, Secretary-Treasurer of the CLC and President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 479, said, “We showed the entire City of Beaumont what Texas labor can do. They now know the undeniable strength of working people and solidarity.” 

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said the Central Labor Council’s stellar work supporting Mouton culminates a local election cycle in which CLCs fully renewed labor’s political ground game and scored 14 significant victories in local races as the COVID-19 pandemic receded.

Levy also highlighted the work of CWA on behalf of one of their own.

“The resources and focus of the CWA in this election matched the historic stakes of the outcome,” Levy said.

“We are celebrating a historic victory in Beaumont, Texas,” said CWA District 6 Vice President Claude Cummings. “We not only elected the first Black female Mayor in the city’s history, but a CWA activist and AT&T retiree who truly knows and lives working class values. Robin Mouton needs no coaching on what it takes to improve the lives of working families.”

Levy said, “What an exclamation point Beaumont voters added to the first Juneteenth national holiday. When union members activate as they did in this election, working families win. The Texas AFL-CIO is incredibly proud of the Sabine Area CLC, which worked overtime to turn out union members, retirees, family members and allies in support of Mayor-elect Mouton. Central Labor Councils across Texas have risen up to drive home the importance of showing up at the polls. When working people vote, working people win.”

“As City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem, Mouton built deeper connections to working families, who were impressed but not surprised to see her delivering supplies during the Mayor’s race to locked-out workers at the local ExxonMobil plant,” Levy said. “Union solidarity was a large force in this election. The Texas AFL-CIO looks forward to supporting Mouton as she works to ‘Unify the City.'”