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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.

"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:
 

Labor unions created Labor Day, now in its 125th year as a federal holiday, to celebrate the contribution that workers make to our country. Often at great risk, union members have joined together and laid their lives on the line to fight for justice and dignity in the workplace.

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  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick today criticized tentative House approval of SB 2078, which now includes a “bathroom bill” amendment:

  “SB 2078 may check a box on the political agenda of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick but it is wrong for Texas. The discriminatory message sent by this bill is dangerous, as it will stigmatize children and undermine other legislative efforts to limit bullying in our schools. Future generations will look at this politically driven ‘compromise’ with the disdain that it deserves.”

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement in the wake of Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to sign SB 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities’ bill:

  “Gov. Abbott’s signing of SB 4 in the privacy of his office on a Sunday speaks volumes. If our Governor were truly proud of SB 4 – his ‘emergency’ item no less – he would have held a signing ceremony with the bill’s authors and sponsors. Instead, he chose without notice to go live on Facebook, where he had ‘sanctuary’ from the court of public opinion.”

  In the wake of final Texas House approval of its version of SB 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued this statement:

  Approval of a harsh, “show me your papers”-style bill that drafts local criminal justice officials into becoming an arm of the federal immigration system marks one of the saddest days I have ever spent around the Texas Legislature.

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick today strongly criticized a sneak attack on public pensions after Republicans prevailed in a 20-10 vote in the Texas Senate to confirm Josh McGee to chair the State Pension Review Board.

  “Working people opposed Josh McGee’s nomination because he has a classic conflict of interest, and is actually paid to travel the country and seek to convert strong, stable pensions into riskier defined contribution plans,” Patrick said.

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick wrote this response to a recent column by Attorney General Ken Paxton in the Dallas Morning News in which the AG advocated for SB 13, which would take away the freedom of state and local employees in Texas to support the labor organizations of their choice through payroll dues deduction

By John Patrick
President, Texas AFL-CIO

  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Texas Senate today demonstrated they “have no sense of irony or shame” after endorsing a double standard requiring minors to obtain parental consent to join a labor union in Texas, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.

 SB 75 by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, won tentative approval today on a 20-11 vote.