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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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Brothers and Sisters, welcome to the 58th Texas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention.

  I’m going to focus my remarks today on the session of the Texas Legislature that ended just a few weeks ago and on the special legislative session that is coming.

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement on today’s day of action to fight back against SB 4 at the Capitol:

  In the wake of death threats against U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, following Green’s call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement:

  “Congressman Al Green is our close friend, but that doesn’t have anything to do with our defense of his right to call for the impeachment of a President. The Texas AFL-CIO condemns any and all threats of violence against elected officials.”

  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.