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‘Keep American Airlines American!’

The Texas AFL-CIO today endorsed planned rallies led by Transport Workers Union Local 513 for airplane safety and security amid proposals by American Airlines to outsource maintenance jobs to low bidders in Mexico, South America and China.

The events are set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at DFW International Airport, Terminal D.

"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:

Cruz tried to associate himself with "bonuses and pay raises" at "American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, AT&T" following passage of an atrocious tax bill. This rightly inflamed union members who noted the unionized status of all three of the companies cited by Cruz. Labor unions led the way in insisting that those companies share a piece of their bounty from the tax bill with working families.

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. 

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.

Holiday Is Celebration of Working People, Call for ‘Fair Shot’

In response to a procedural order by the 3rdCourt of Appeals that delays implementation of Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy today issued the following statement:

The temporary restraining order holding up Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance cannot restrain the will of working people to achieve a decent policy that lets them earn the right to stay home when they or family members are sick.

Congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones, Senate candidate Pete Gallego and other outstanding San Antonio-area candidates have earned the endorsement of the Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) and the San Antonio Central Labor Council ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and San Antonio Central Labor Council President Tom Cummings issued this joint statement in response to a 9-2 vote by the San Antonio City Council to enact an earned paid sick leave ordinance:

The Texas AFL-CIO today saluted Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, on her plan to resign from the Texas Senate, saying she acted in the best interest of her district and the state of Texas.

The state federation's COPE Committee has endorsed Garcia for the Congressional District 29 seat, where U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, is retiring.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement: