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58 UNITE HERE-represented airline catering workers and their supporters were arrested on Tuesday morning after participating in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience outside of American Airlines’ new corporate headquarters.

 State Federation OPPOSES Proposition 4

The Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) announced endorsements for Nov. 5 special elections and a constitutional proposition vote, setting the stage for stepped-up labor participation in the 2020 election cycle.

"From his first day in office, José Rodríguez has been a courageous leader in the Texas Senate.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued the following Labor Day statement on the deadly shooting spree in the Permian Basin:
 

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In Janus v. AFSCME, the US Supreme Court's conservative 5-4 majority held that public employees cannot be required by state law to pay a fair share of the cost of services that unions must provide members and nonmembers alike.

Janus comes a month after Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, where the same majority decided employees can be required by companies to submit all workplace grievances to private arbitration and waive their rights both to go to court and join together in class-action lawsuits.

The radical conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court have twice now in two months ganged up on working Americans, denying them their right to band together to achieve mutual goals.   

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a media availability on the Janus ruling at 1:30 p.m. today, June 27, in the Becky Moeller Auditorium at 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin. Representatives of several public employee unions in Texas will be available. 

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay today issued this statement in the wake of the 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to shift into reverse and rig rules against working people:

 “Labor unions are here to stay.” 

Through all the celebration of LGBTQ Pride this month, there’s been a valuable opportunity to reflect on the hard-fought victories, brutal setbacks, and tenacious struggles that have ultimately delivered so much for so many. And just as importantly, there has been time to think about what lies ahead in that fight for justice.

Amid reports that the federal government plans to close a child detention center in Tornillo next month, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy will join labor leaders from around the state, politicians and activists attempting to deliver supplies and gauge conditions at the facility.

Six months after President Trump and Republicans in Congress jammed through massive tax cuts mostly for corporations and the wealthy, it has become clear that working families are suffering while billionaire GOP campaign contributors luxuriate in a tax windfall.