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Ivanka Trump took the stage at CES on Tuesday to muted reception. Forty minutes later, she left to robust applause.

The Texas AFL-CIO is excited to welcome Lorraine Montemayor, an accomplished union leader and activist in Dallas, as our new Mobilization and Campaign Coordinator.

After a quarter century of suffering under the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and 18 months of hard-fought negotiations, the American Federation of Labor and

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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. 

AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, published a new column on Huffington Post. He writes how Hillary roots for working people and why working people are championing her in tonight's presidential debate.