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Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on today’s “guilty” verdicts in the trial of Derrick Chauvin in connection with the death of Houstonian George Floyd.
The Texas AFL-CIO has endorsed six policing reform bills that stem from misconduct in the deaths of George Floyd and so many others.
Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar roundly criticized SB 14, approved tentatively today by the Texas Senate, which would cut off the ability of local governments to set minimal standards affecting workplaces.
The Texas AFL-CIO today called for defeat of SB 29, a measure reminiscent of the infamous “bathroom bill” that would require public school students to participate in sports based on the gender listed on their birth certificates.

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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.

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to discuss the benefits and demerits of our trade policy in this friendly setting.  

Let me preface my remarks by saying that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership puts every lawmaker on the spot. Legislators are asked to strike a balance between the known benefits of trade in general and the known problems caused by an ill-considered trade policy.  

One night at his UPS job, Tefere Gebre's co-worker handed him some union material. 

“He told me that I’d get health care and vacation and other benefits by filling it out. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought, ‘Hmm. Everyone should have that.’”

Tefere, the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, has been a proud union member for most of his life, valuing the freedom of people to come together in union.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, Augusta Thomas witnessed the extreme measures elected officials would take to prevent African-American men from voting.
Culinary worker Brittany Bronson talks not only about the benefits of joining her union, but also about the opportunities being part of a unionized workforce offer women, particularly women who have long careers in the workforce.

Anniversaries can be celebratory or somber. Today we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it is the kind of anniversary in which we hail the success of the act, while also acknowledging the deficiencies in our democracy that make the full act necessary.