Texas AFL-CIO Statement on Permian Basin Shootings

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. She was serving the public and building a future for her family. She was about to get two straight days off for Labor Day, a holiday celebrating her and tens of millions of other working people. She was soon to turn 30, sharing that landmark with her twin sister. 
 
"All that came to a shattering end when a murderer shot Granados and hijacked her mail truck near Odessa, continuing on a path of killing at least seven people and injuring many more. When Granados died tragically and senselessly, all of us lost her incalculable potential.

"The first labor right of Letter Carriers and all working people is to get to go home at the end of a shift. Letter Carriers take risks because they serve as caretakers of the neighborhoods where they deliver. If something is off - someone not picking up mail, something out of place, a crime in progress - Letter Carriers are the eyes and ears of a community and sometimes the sounders of alarms. Granados's death in service to the U.S. Postal Service mission is despicable. It is just as despicable that law officers on the front lines of public safety and other working people and family members just looking to live their normal lives on Labor Day weekend fell victim - again - to violence. We grieve for all of yesterday's dead and wish those injured full recoveries. We especially offer our condolences to the Granados family, her fiancé and Union Brothers and Sisters in the National Association of Letter Carriers. 
 
"Four weeks after a mass shooting by a white supremacist in El Paso, we repeat ourselves: The good in our communities will triumph over the evil we have witnessed, but not through silence and inaction. With the courage to do what is right, Texas and our nation can respect the Constitution while keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and people who are a violent risk to themselves or others. The Texas AFL-CIO and Permian Basin Central Labor Council will do everything in our power to help victims of yesterday's attack."

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