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Weekly Labor Legislative Update on the 87th Texas Legislature
A bill that would clear a path for nurses who contracted COVID-19 to receive Workers’ Compensation coverage (where available) won final passage today in the Texas House.
The Texas House today gave final approval to a labor-backed “Helmets to Hardhats” bill that can help steer military veterans to apprenticeship training programs.
The Texas House voted today to keep a practice that denies many Texas construction workers basic job benefits.

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As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another.

 A federal judge’s decision blocking SB 4, the “show me your papers” immigration law that was to take effect Friday, is a victory for all working people, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

“The outsized hearts and incredible stamina of working people help make our state the kind of place where the job of saving lives gets done right and where neighbors rush through danger to help neighbors. If Hurricane Harvey is a test, working people are passing it with flying colors.” - Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick 

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  As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

  Patrick said the heroism of First Responders and the persistence of many others working through the storm have saved lives even as wind, rain and extensive flooding destroy or damage property. Union members across the state have stepped up to look out for others as the storm proceeds.

  Hurricane Harvey, a storm of historic proportions, is the biggest natural disaster working people in Texas have faced.

  First and foremost, we hope you are safe. If you are, we are asking for your help.

In January, I was invited to serve on President Donald Trump’s manufacturing council, along with my boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. At the time, I was deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO (the largest federation of trade unions in America) and a spokesperson for the organization on trade, manufacturing, and economic policy. President Trumka and I agreed to serve because we believed — and still do — that working people should have a voice in crucial government decisions affecting their jobs, their lives, and their families.