The World Has Changed for the Better

Texas AFL-CIO Celebrates Inauguration, Potential for Working Families 

The Texas AFL-CIO today celebrated the inauguration of Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President, calling upon all of us to work together to build a better nation. 

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement:

“The world has changed for the better for working families in Texas. We believe the new day at the White House — the product of the will of the American people expressed at the polls — offers an unprecedented opportunity to set aside division, reach out and do what is right for our nation. We also join in a special cause for celebration: the shattering of barriers by Vice President Harris that also mark a huge, if belated, step forward for women and people of color.”

“The problems working families face are grave. President Biden is correctly leading with the fight to end the pandemic, which touches everything in our lives. Millions of working people remain unemployed and millions more face enhanced dangers on their jobs. The pandemic has only highlighted weaknesses in our laws and practices on racial justice, voting rights, immigration policy, workers’ voices on the job, and other matters that have been ignored or shortchanged for too long.”

“For our part, the Texas AFL-CIO has always observed the separation between campaigning and advocacy in governing. We believe a broad consensus can be reached to address our problems, capitalize on our strengths and resiliency, and move forward. Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris. The sea change has begun.”