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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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  SB 13, given tentative approval today in the Texas Senate, is another overreach into the private lives of working Texans, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.  

   "It's their money," Patrick said of state and local employees. "They earned it. They should be able to spend it how they see fit."

  Working poor Texans need a substantial increase in the minimum wage to support their families and their communities, the Texas AFL-CIO said today.

  In a news conference and in testimony before the House Business and Industry Committee, Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Director René Lara said the era in which the $7.25 wage floor was decent money has long passed.

  A bill that would forbid publicly funded Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in Texas will be heard Thursday in the House Economic and Small Business Committee.

  HB 648 by Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, is identical to SB 452 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, which was heard Tuesday in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. The panel will meet at 8 a.m. in Room E2.010.

LGBTQ GROUP OF UNION MEMBERS, ALLIES ADVOCATES FOR WORKING PEOPLE

  The Texas AFL-CIO is proud to announce the election of officers in the state’s first Pride at Work organization, a labor constituency group that advocates for working people from the perspective of the LGBTQ community.

  Officers of the Texas Pride at Work chapter are: Thom McDaniel (Transport Workers Union), Chair; Dannie Silcox (AFSCME), Co-Chair; Austin Eldridge (FOL), Secretary; and Rich Bailey (AFSCME), Treasurer.

  The decision by Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder to step down before his confirmation hearing shows once more that workers’ voices need to count when our nation sets workplace rules, AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

  “When working people speak up together, they can move mountains,” Patrick said. “Across the country, Andrew Puzder’s own fast-food employees, joined by millions of working people who understood the stakes, said ‘No!’ to President Trump’s choice of a Labor Secretary whose labor ideal is a roomful of robots.”

  The Texas AFL-CIO may not see eye to eye with Gov. Greg Abbott on key issues, but we can agree in the light of recent events that how we treat immigrants, refugees, children and the working poor is at the core of who we are as a state, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.