In Pandemic, 87th Texas Legislature Must Make Working Families a Leading Priority

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay posted this statement on Tuesday’s opening of the 87th session of the Texas Legislature:

“Our state is in a major crisis. Tens of thousands of people in Texas have died from COVID-19 and the decisions of lawmakers in 2021 will involve nothing less than life and death. Millions are suffering from virus fallout, personally and economically. Essential workers in Texas — a broader category from what many might have imagined before the pandemic — deserve every consideration to become safer and more secure.”

“Texas families have suffered and need solid ground to stand on. We will fight not just for improvements in workplaces but for racial and economic justice in our lives. The tools for success are in place. Legislators are essential workers, too, and have had months to process a still-unfolding tragedy and prepare.”

“In the coming weeks, the Texas AFL-CIO will advance a revised version of our Fair Shot Agenda that advocates for working families in the context of the pandemic. We call on the 87th Texas Legislature to act in bipartisan fashion to ease suffering and build for better days ahead.”