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As the Texas Legislature considers how to allocate funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) of 2021, Texas labor unions believe workers must take priority.
Weekly Labor Update on the 87th Texas Legislature Third Special Session, Day 12.
Statement from Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy on the newly released proposed redistricting of the Texas House.
The Texas AFL-CIO today denounced a proposed congressional map that shortchanges persons of color who dominated Texas growth in the last 10 years.

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  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Texas Senate today demonstrated they “have no sense of irony or shame” after endorsing a double standard requiring minors to obtain parental consent to join a labor union in Texas, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.

 SB 75 by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, won tentative approval today on a 20-11 vote.

  SB 13, given tentative approval today in the Texas Senate, is another overreach into the private lives of working Texans, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.  

   "It's their money," Patrick said of state and local employees. "They earned it. They should be able to spend it how they see fit."

  Working poor Texans need a substantial increase in the minimum wage to support their families and their communities, the Texas AFL-CIO said today.

  In a news conference and in testimony before the House Business and Industry Committee, Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Director René Lara said the era in which the $7.25 wage floor was decent money has long passed.

  A bill that would forbid publicly funded Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in Texas will be heard Thursday in the House Economic and Small Business Committee.

  HB 648 by Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, is identical to SB 452 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, which was heard Tuesday in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. The panel will meet at 8 a.m. in Room E2.010.

LGBTQ GROUP OF UNION MEMBERS, ALLIES ADVOCATES FOR WORKING PEOPLE

  The Texas AFL-CIO is proud to announce the election of officers in the state’s first Pride at Work organization, a labor constituency group that advocates for working people from the perspective of the LGBTQ community.

  Officers of the Texas Pride at Work chapter are: Thom McDaniel (Transport Workers Union), Chair; Dannie Silcox (AFSCME), Co-Chair; Austin Eldridge (FOL), Secretary; and Rich Bailey (AFSCME), Treasurer.

  The decision by Labor Secretary-designate Andrew Puzder to step down before his confirmation hearing shows once more that workers’ voices need to count when our nation sets workplace rules, AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

  “When working people speak up together, they can move mountains,” Patrick said. “Across the country, Andrew Puzder’s own fast-food employees, joined by millions of working people who understood the stakes, said ‘No!’ to President Trump’s choice of a Labor Secretary whose labor ideal is a roomful of robots.”