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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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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The Texas AFL-CIO joins a mourning nation in condemning the senseless deaths of a young activist and two law officers in Charlottesville.

  Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal standing up to the intimidation tactics of white supremacists, was killed when a neo-Nazi allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters. Virginia State Troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates died in a helicopter crash while responding to the riots.

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said:

  Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick announced today he plans to retire as President of the Texas AFL-CIO at the end of September.

  Patrick cited chronic back problems as contributing to his decision to leave office a little more than halfway through his four-year elected term.

 In the wake of the tragic deaths of 10 immigrants whose bodies were discovered over the weekend in an overheated truck in San Antonio, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick issued the following statement:

  “Over several legislative sessions, Texans have worked in bipartisan fashion to fight the scourge of human trafficking. The deaths of 10 immigrants and discovery of nearly 30 survivors demonstrate anew that the best chance of preventing such tragedies lies in comprehensive federal immigration reform.”

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: