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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.

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.

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“For all workers, the toll of COVID-19 infections and deaths is mounting and will increase even more rapidly as workers return to work without necessary safety and health protections,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote in the letter, which listed dozens of members who have died from the virus. He faulted the agency for not doing more inspections, not issuing citations and releasing only voluntary coronavirus safety guidelines. “Without government oversight and enforcement, too many employers are disregarding safety and health standards,” he wrote.

Working people in Texas should be able to choose to stay home without penalty if their workplace does not meet widely accepted safety standards in the pandemic, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.

This has been a month like no other in modern American history. We are in a war against an invisible virus that has required most people to stay home to fight it. With each day of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have grown increasingly grateful for things we used to take for granted, like grocery workers, without whom we could not meet our most basic needs. Parents have a new appreciation for how complex and demanding teaching is, and for how teachers are helping their children continue learning, stay engaged and stay safe inside during this uneasy time.

As Greg Abbott prepares to announce a plan to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas AFL-CIO today called for consideration of essential ingredients to ensure the safety and well-being of working people and make it more likely that the state will not need to revert to stay-at-home orders.

We are saddened by last night's report of the death of a State Employee at the El Paso Psychiatric Center. Over the past several weeks, the Texas State Employees Union along with Several Elected Officials have reached out to Governor Abbott's office about the hardship's workers are currently facing with COVID-19, and common-sense solutions needed to keep the state functioning. Unfortunately, very little has been done to protect both Clients and Staff at State Supported Living Centers, State Hospitals and State Health Science Centers.

Much of the American workplace has shut down, sending millions of employees home to wait out the coronavirus pandemic.