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At a coalition news conference/rally to protest the American Legislative Exchange Council, Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement:

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.

In the wake of yesterday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued the following statement:

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  The state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour condemns hundreds of thousands of working people to poverty, costs taxpayers and shuts out business customers, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a news conference later today on raising the minimum wage in Texas.

The event will take place 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Speaker’s Committee Room of the Texas Capitol.

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick will be joined by working people who earn at or near the minimum wage and legislators who are promoting bills to increase the wage floor, along with other allies. 

The proposed “bathroom bill,” SB 6, “would stigmatize vulnerable Texans and threaten our jobs and our economy for the sake of political grandstanding,” Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

“With no foundation in reality, bills like SB 6 manufacture high-profile fights that bury the real priorities of our state in a pile of narrow ideological mandates,” Patrick said. “Instead of focusing on good jobs, education, the safety of our children, health care and a crumbling infrastructure, SB 6 manufactures a crisis that does not exist.”

Just before Thanksgiving, a federal court order engineered in part by the State of Texas blocked an overtime pay rule that was to take effect Thursday, halting hopes of an improved livelihood for 4 million American workers, including 370,000 Texans.

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a news conference to call on state officials who opposed the rule and filed a lawsuit against it to produce a decent state alternative.

  TEXAS AFL-CIO PRESIDENT JOHN PATRICK ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE ELECTION:

  No sugarcoating it. The national results are a disaster. A self-serving corporate huckster rode to victory on the jet fuel of racism, anti-immigrant xenophobia, sexism and demagoguery. In spite of Donald Trump’s pseudo-populism and claims to represent the working class, his victory is rooted in efforts to divide and undermine our communities. 

  We now begin a period where the most basic freedoms and protections will likely be under severe and concerted attack.