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 The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated Latino voting rights organizations and allies for obt

Patt Moon-Updike wanted to be a nurse since she was 9 years old.

The Texas AFL-CIO toolkit grew Saturday with a successful Union Candidate Training workshop, at a time when union candidates who support a fair shot agenda for working families are seeing prime opp

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A decade ago or so, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that making the Bush tax cuts permanent — rather than letting them expire in 2010 — would increase the after-tax income of people earning $1 million or more up to 7 percent, an order of magnitude more than it would increase the size of the economy in the long term.

These days, it’s hard to keep straight all of Congress’ efforts to build plutocracy — the further consolidation of the power of the richest Americans at the expense of the rest of us. 

With the Senate passing a multi-trillion dollar job-killing giveaway of our tax dollars to the people and companies who need it least, you might have missed the bill moving through the Senate to deregulate Wall Street and consumer finance. 

  Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the death of Texas trial lawyer Steve Mostyn:

  “The officers and staff of the Texas AFL-CIO are in mourning over the death of Steve Mostyn, an extraordinary trial lawyer and friend of working people in our state.”

As National Apprenticeship Week kicks off, a new report from the Working for America Institute and Jobs With Justice Education Fund profiles a Washington state apprenticeship program as a successful example of a workforce intermediary partnership. These partnerships bring together unions and employers to recruit, train, and diversify the workforce for a given industry or a specific employer.

As a pillar of the Democratic Party, unions have wanted for years to see mainstream Democrats push for major reforms to the law that would rejuvenate the ranks of organized labor. At the press conference Wednesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded the proposals, but also emphasized that many Democrats have taken their union support for granted.

HOUSTON -- On Sunday, October 29th the Seafarers International Union and other Texas labor organizations will unveil a documentary chronicling the journey of Shwe Aung from Burmese merchant mariner to labor activist, refugee, immigrant, American citizen, and highly effective international labor leader.