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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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  Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on behalf of the state labor federation in response to House Speaker Joe Straus’s announcement that he will not seek reelection:

  “The hundreds of thousands of working families who make up the Texas AFL-CIO wish Speaker Straus and his family the best as he returns to private life.”

The Texas AFL-CIO was saddened to learn that Connie English, a third-generation railroad worker with trains in his blood who improved the livelihoods of car-driving, bus-taking, airplane-flying, block-walking workers across Texas through the labor movement, died early this morning in his beloved hometown of San Antonio at the age of 74.

Some 275 volunteers – pilots, mechanics, flight attendants and other workers – took off from Newark International Airport on October 4 on a union-sponsored relief mission to hurricane-smashed Puerto Rico, the AFL-CIO announced. Some 50 unionized registered nurses, members of National Nurses United, flew in from San Francisco the day before to join the mission.

The unionists headed for the island commonwealth, whose 3.4 million residents lack power, food, drinkable water and other resources, two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit.

In a powerful illustration of the ability of grassroots activists to challenge corporate power, United Students Against Sweatshops, the nation’s leading student organization focused on issues of worker rights and economic justice, has just scored a crucial victory over the world’s biggest sports apparel and footwear brand: Nike.

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Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us. Too many politicians and pundits want us to believe our country is broke, and we have no choice but to demand sacrifices from working people, yet they have no trouble finding trillions of dollars to waste on tax giveaways for people who do not need them. They want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and infrastructure to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

  Rick Levy, a former General Counsel of the Texas AFL-CIO who became Secretary-Treasurer two years ago, has been named the next President of the Texas AFL-CIO. Levy will succeed John Patrick, who is retiring.

  Levy was chosen unanimously today by the Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board to serve the remainder of Patrick’s term, which runs until July 2019.

  Following its vote to elevate Levy, the board selected Montserrat Garibay, a Vice President at Education Austin, as Secretary-Treasurer.