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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:

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a media availability on the Janus ruling at 1:30 p.m. today, June 27, in the Becky Moeller Auditorium at 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin. Representatives of several public employee unions in Texas will be available. 

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay today issued this statement in the wake of the 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to shift into reverse and rig rules against working people:

 “Labor unions are here to stay.” 

Amid reports that the federal government plans to close a child detention center in Tornillo next month, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy will join labor leaders from around the state, politicians and activists attempting to deliver supplies and gauge conditions at the facility.

The Texas AFL-CIO called on the White House to end the unconscionable detention of children who have been taken from their parents in the name of immigration enforcement.

“Tearing children from parents’ arms as a bargaining chip to fund a border wall and pass other misguided immigration priorities is unacceptable,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “We have ‘zero tolerance’ for making Texas a headquarters for child detention centers. The law does not require it and working Texans will not stand for it.”

The Texas AFL-CIO had the honor of meeting with four superb union delegates from Australia who are getting out the word about their nearly year-long strike against Esso (ExxonMobil).

Activists for paid sick leave in San Antonio, including representatives of organized labor, have filed more than twice the number of signatures needed to place the measure on the November ballot, the Texas Observer reports.

Texas voters spoke clearly and in bipartisan fashion for progress in Tuesday’s runoff elections, endorsing an agenda in which public education and the larger concerns of working people take priority over wedge issues, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement congratulating Lupe Valdez, the COPE-backed candidate, on winning the Democratic nomination for Governor: 

“Lupe Valdez believes in her heart in economic progress for all Texans. She is the antithesis of Gov. Greg Abbott and a Republican leadership that has placed wedge issues like private school vouchers, immigrant-bashing, “bathroom bills,” denial of health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Texans, and other proposals that rig the rules against working people at the center of Texas priorities.”