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A labor-to-labor, door-to-door campaign fell short on Election Day in Texas House District 118 but marked a return to full-scale, in-person union campaigning that sets the stage for a high-stakes 2

  Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on completion of the third, and we hope final, special session of the Texas Legislature:

As the Texas Legislature considers how to allocate funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) of 2021, Texas labor unions believe workers must take priority.
Weekly Labor Update on the 87th Texas Legislature Third Special Session, Day 12.

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The Texas AFL-CIO joins a mourning nation in condemning the senseless deaths of a young activist and two law officers in Charlottesville.

  Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal standing up to the intimidation tactics of white supremacists, was killed when a neo-Nazi allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters. Virginia State Troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates died in a helicopter crash while responding to the riots.

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said:

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick announced today he plans to retire as President of the Texas AFL-CIO at the end of September.

  Patrick cited chronic back problems as contributing to his decision to leave office a little more than halfway through his four-year elected term.

 In the wake of the tragic deaths of 10 immigrants whose bodies were discovered over the weekend in an overheated truck in San Antonio, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement:

  “Over several legislative sessions, Texans have worked in bipartisan fashion to fight the scourge of human trafficking. The deaths of 10 immigrants and discovery of nearly 30 survivors demonstrate anew that the best chance of preventing such tragedies lies in comprehensive federal immigration reform.”

Brothers and Sisters, welcome to the 58th Texas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention.

  I’m going to focus my remarks today on the session of the Texas Legislature that ended just a few weeks ago and on the special legislative session that is coming.

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement on today’s day of action to fight back against SB 4 at the Capitol:

  In the wake of death threats against U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, following Green’s call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement:

  “Congressman Al Green is our close friend, but that doesn’t have anything to do with our defense of his right to call for the impeachment of a President. The Texas AFL-CIO condemns any and all threats of violence against elected officials.”