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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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We are appalled over the events of a few days ago but we hold out hope. We mourn, but we believe in a better future. We “pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”

The political arm of the Texas AFL-CIO today delivered a dual endorsement of M.J. Hegar and Royce West in the U.S. Senate race.

The Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) endorsement leaves the decision on which candidate to support in the July 14 Democratic runoff election to individual unions. The Texas AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils will not express a preference in that contest, but will work to elect the winner on Nov. 3.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy commended U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and the other 12 Democratic members of the Texas congressional delegation for proposing a temporary boost for unemployed Texans.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to start reopening Texas businesses lacks critical elements that would protect Texans who are required to return to their work premises, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.

The Texas AFL-CIO today called for Texas to presume that front-line working people who contract COVID-19 should receive Workers' Compensation benefits.

When employers carry Workers' Compensation insurance in Texas, benefits are available if an employee injury or death occurs on the job, but not away from the job. Texas law already presumes that First Responders who contract a respiratory illness did so on the job. That legal presumption leads to benefits unless evidence arises that another off-the-job factor caused the illness.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders today on plans to reopen Texas during the coronavirus pandemic:

“Today’s announcement by Gov. Greg Abbott answered next to none of the pressing questions working people have about how a reopening of the state will protect them and how Texas will help preserve their livelihoods as the coronavirus moves through our population.”