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The Texas AFL-CIO launched a Fair Shot legislative agenda that includes both perennial wage and benefit topics and cutting-edge issues that affect a broad spectrum of working families in Texas.

An Inclusive Vision for Texas

The Texas AFL-CIO will advocate for its broadest legislative agenda in years – a Fair Shot agenda that empowers Texas working families to improve their lives.

Texas AFL-CIO Opposes Workforce Commission Proposal That Could Convert Some Gig Economy Workers Into ‘Marketplace Contractors’

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The proposed “bathroom bill,” SB 6, “would stigmatize vulnerable Texans and threaten our jobs and our economy for the sake of political grandstanding,” Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

“With no foundation in reality, bills like SB 6 manufacture high-profile fights that bury the real priorities of our state in a pile of narrow ideological mandates,” Patrick said. “Instead of focusing on good jobs, education, the safety of our children, health care and a crumbling infrastructure, SB 6 manufactures a crisis that does not exist.”

Just before Thanksgiving, a federal court order engineered in part by the State of Texas blocked an overtime pay rule that was to take effect Thursday, halting hopes of an improved livelihood for 4 million American workers, including 370,000 Texans.

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a news conference to call on state officials who opposed the rule and filed a lawsuit against it to produce a decent state alternative.

  TEXAS AFL-CIO PRESIDENT JOHN PATRICK ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE ELECTION:

  No sugarcoating it. The national results are a disaster. A self-serving corporate huckster rode to victory on the jet fuel of racism, anti-immigrant xenophobia, sexism and demagoguery. In spite of Donald Trump’s pseudo-populism and claims to represent the working class, his victory is rooted in efforts to divide and undermine our communities. 

  We now begin a period where the most basic freedoms and protections will likely be under severe and concerted attack. 

AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, published a new column on Huffington Post. He writes how Hillary roots for working people and why working people are championing her in tonight's presidential debate.

A lawsuit filed by Texas and other states attacking pending changes in overtime rules that would benefit 4 million Americans – including some 400,000 Texans – is based on ideology and “zero concern for working people who are forced to put in free hours at the whim of their employers,” Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.