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58 UNITE HERE-represented airline catering workers and their supporters were arrested on Tuesday morning after participating in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience outside of American Airlines’ new corporate headquarters.

"From his first day in office, José Rodríguez has been a courageous leader in the Texas Senate.

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:
 

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.

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"In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread." - Anatole France

The Texas AFL-CIO today strongly criticized a proposed White House rules change that would force immigrants to forego benefits for which they are legally and constitutionally eligible if they want to obtain green cards.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this joint statement:

Labor has always held electoral power, especially when wielded by women. Former Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins’s lifelong dedication to workers’ rights was sparked by witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, in which 146 people — predominantly young Jewish immigrant women — died, most as a result of locked factory doors. Though they shunned the ballot box, legendary political radicals like Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were all labor organizers.

The Texas AFL-CIO, along with affiliates and allied organizations, is proud to announce the Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Campaign, aimed at helping eligible permanent residents with their naturalization application and the important rights that follow. 

Lorraine Llauger is a journeyman electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Orlando, Florida. Llauger hoped to earn a college degree, but did not know how she'd be able to fit college in with her busy life as an electrician and a mother. A coworker mentioned the Union Plus Free College Program, and within weeks, Llauger was registered and taking classes online.
The Texas AFL-CIO will hold five news conferences around the state to announce a new chapter in program that seeks to help eligible Texas residents take the final steps to citizenship.
 
The Texas AFL-CIO news conference will take place 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Texas AFL-CIO Becky Moeller auditorium, 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin.
 
The San Antonio Central Labor Council will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept.

Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement.

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