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In the coming weeks, the Texas AFL-CIO will advance a revised version of our Fair Shot Agenda that advocates for working families in the context of the pandemic. We call on the 87th Texas Legislature to act in bipartisan fashion to ease suffering and build for better days ahead.

The Texas AFL-CIO issued the following statement regarding Trump's visit to Texas:

The Texas labor movement condemns yesterday’s outright assault on our democracy.

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris on their hard-won victory in the presidential race, saying it opens new paths for working families.

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Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to start reopening Texas businesses lacks critical elements that would protect Texans who are required to return to their work premises, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.

The Texas AFL-CIO today called for Texas to presume that front-line working people who contract COVID-19 should receive Workers' Compensation benefits.

When employers carry Workers' Compensation insurance in Texas, benefits are available if an employee injury or death occurs on the job, but not away from the job. Texas law already presumes that First Responders who contract a respiratory illness did so on the job. That legal presumption leads to benefits unless evidence arises that another off-the-job factor caused the illness.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders today on plans to reopen Texas during the coronavirus pandemic:

“Today’s announcement by Gov. Greg Abbott answered next to none of the pressing questions working people have about how a reopening of the state will protect them and how Texas will help preserve their livelihoods as the coronavirus moves through our population.”

As the coronavirus threatens Texans, the Texas AFL-CIO today called on political and business leaders to take actions suggested by front-line union workers who face elevated risk of becoming ill.

"Texans looking to steer clear of the coronavirus and safeguard their families know that protecting working people protects communities," Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy, joined by representatives of several unions, said at a news conference.

So America today needs more than anything solidarity and human dignity — the church's core teachings. The teaching that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, that we are not commodities whose value is determined by a flawed and arbitrary market, but human beings, souls, created in the image of God, and each of our worth is beyond price. And it is high time our nation's laws promoted solidarity and human dignity.

Our Constitution says that after a presidential election, Congress shall meet on Jan. 6 to count the electoral votes cast for the president and vice president. It is a solemn ritual of democracy.

But it is only that — a ritual. This ceremonial custom is not how our president and vice president are chosen. They are chosen by us, the people.

Of course, President Donald Trump and senators like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz know this. But it did not stop them from inciting an insurrection. Acting out of nothing but unprincipled ambition, they put democracy in danger.