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

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement regarding today’s decision in United States Department of Commerce v. New York:

Picks Pockets of Working Families, Texans in Poverty

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

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Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

The Texas AFL-CIO, along with affiliates and allied organizations, is proud to announce the Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Campaign, aimed at helping eligible permanent residents with their naturalization application and the important rights that follow. 

Lorraine Llauger is a journeyman electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Orlando, Florida. Llauger hoped to earn a college degree, but did not know how she'd be able to fit college in with her busy life as an electrician and a mother. A coworker mentioned the Union Plus Free College Program, and within weeks, Llauger was registered and taking classes online.
The Texas AFL-CIO will hold five news conferences around the state to announce a new chapter in program that seeks to help eligible Texas residents take the final steps to citizenship.
 
The Texas AFL-CIO news conference will take place 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Texas AFL-CIO Becky Moeller auditorium, 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin.
 
The San Antonio Central Labor Council will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept.

Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement.

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AFSCME Local 123 member Demond Stanley used the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant after catastrophic Hurricane Harvey to assist with damage to his Houston home.