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Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the Texas Workforce Commission's decision today to reinstate a waiver of the work search requirement for millions of Texans who have lost

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay posted this statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s rollback of Executive Orders to reopen the state:

Today’s Supreme Court decision elevates the hopes of Dreamers who are making a difference and helping build a better future for Texas. The ruling also shines a bright light on just how wrong a path Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have set out for Texas.
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.”

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Employees at BookPeople, an independent bookstore in Austin, voted today to speak up together through the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 277, setting a precedent for working families seeking better livelihoods in Texas.

Texas AFL-CIO: Candidates Won or Out-Performed Via Fair Shot Agenda

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the reelection of incumbent Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate contest in Texas:

 “Beto O’Rourke neared the mountaintop by standing up for all Texans who seek a Fair Shot at better lives. His magnificent campaign lit a spark that together with the deep organizing of labor and allied groups has launched a new political era in Texas. What Beto accomplished is only the beginning. We thank him and look forward to working alongside him for a better future for working families.”

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the reelection of incumbent Greg Abbott as Texas Governor:

Lupe Valdez campaigned courageously against enormous odds to post the best result for a Democratic candidate for Governor in a generation. She achieved that success by running as a champion of a Fair Shot agenda for working families. Lupe Valdez has one of the greatest hearts we have seen in Texas politics. We are proud of her campaign, but we are even prouder to call her a friend.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the victory by U.S. Rep.-elect Colin Allred in Congressional District 32:

Organized labor’s record voter mobilization efforts this year, which started earlier than ever before for a mid-term election, emphasized pocketbook issues and – says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka – will produce huge “momentum at the ballot box” on Nov. 6.

It also produced a record number of unionists running for everything from city council and county commissioner to Congress and governor, Trumka and Julie Greene, the federation’s mobilizing – and politics – director said in an Oct. 30 telephone press conference.