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Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy today blasted as premature Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift a statewide mask mandate, saying it would put lives of working people in jeopardy and directly lead to more deaths from COVID-19.
Montserrat Garibay has left her position as Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer to join the Biden administration.
Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on the Texas winter storm.
The Texas AFL-CIO joined state labor federations around the nation in endorsing the PRO Act, introduced in Congress today amid heightened interest by working people in speaking up together on the job.

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The Texas AFL-CIO issued the following statement regarding Trump's visit to Texas:

“Donald Trump spent four years as President bringing out the worst in America. Now, he brings his circus of violence, con-men, and wanna-be dictators to the Texas-Mexico border for a final victory lap. Trump slandered immigrants, heartlessly separated families, and cost our nation lives and jobs by completely failing to meet the challenge of the pandemic. Trump’s capstone effort to overturn the results of his failed reelection would have ended American democracy as we know it.

The Texas labor movement condemns yesterday’s outright assault on our democracy.

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris on their hard-won victory in the presidential race, saying it opens new paths for working families.

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

Union members across Texas mourned former Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick, who died last night at the age of 70 after a long illness.

"This is a sad day for the labor movement in Texas. Long before he became Secretary-Treasurer and then President of the Texas AFL-CIO, John Patrick earned a national reputation as a leader with the United Steelworkers, where he fought, often against almost insurmountable odds, to win fair contracts for working people and hold employers accountable to the agreements they made," Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

In the most important election of our lives, working families will vote in record numbers no matter what Abbott says or does.

 The Texas AFL-CIO invites the public to join us for the state labor federation’s first-ever virtual concert, featuring the likes of Robert Earl Keen, Alejandro Escovedo and Brad Jordan (Scarface).

The Texas AFL-CIO “Banding Together” Concert premieres 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 23. It may be accessed for free via our social media pages: