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Following Gov. Greg Abbott's Disaster Declaration, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy today issued this statement on behalf of the state labor federation:

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.

The Texas AFL-CIO will hold a news conference to address Texas workplace issues surrounding the coronavirus and call for work-related actions by public officials and employers to help in the battle against the illness.

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Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued the following Labor Day statement on the deadly shooting spree in the Permian Basin:
 
"When Mary Granados went out on her delivery route Saturday as a unionized Letter Carrier, she had everything to live for. The member of National Association of Letter Carriers Odessa Branch 3964 was engaged to be married, had a solid career in a great federal service and held all her hopes and aspirations in her heart.

Labor unions created Labor Day, now in its 125th year as a federal holiday, to celebrate the contribution that workers make to our country. Often at great risk, union members have joined together and laid their lives on the line to fight for justice and dignity in the workplace.

Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued the following statement condemning an amicus brief filed on behalf of Texas and other states by Attorney General Ken Paxton against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

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