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The two-day Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention concluded today with endorsements in statewide, congressional, and legislative contests.
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'A Fighter for Working People Who Set the Highest Standard of Solidarity'

Working families in Texas are mourning Emmett Sheppard, a former Texas AFL-CIO President who built the state labor federation's voice and capacity against long political odds. Sheppard died Saturday at the age of 77.

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  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.”

  The Texas AFL-CIO may not see eye to eye with Gov. Greg Abbott on key issues, but we can agree in the light of recent events that how we treat immigrants, refugees, children and the working poor is at the core of who we are as a state, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

In the wake of Trump's anti-immigrant executive orders and Governor Abbott's threats against sheriffs that refuse to comply with all ICE detainer requests, the delegates of the Harris County Labor Assembly, AFL-CIO unanimously passed the attached resolution.

Resolution: Protection of Immigrant Families
Harris County Labor Assembly

WHEREAS, core to the labor movement are the values of solidarity, freedom, opportunity, and equality for all;