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The Texas AFL-CIO this evening filed an amicus brief opposing the effort by Texas to overturn a White House order setting a minimum wage of $15 an hour for construction workers on federal contracts.

Joining the Texas AFL-CIO on the brief in Texas v. Biden: Communications Workers of America, Service Employees International Union, Southwest Laborers’ District Council, National Employment Law Project, National Women’s Law Center, Every Texan, Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute, and Economic Policy Institute.

  Ana Gonzalez, for years a fierce advocate for immigrant workers at Workers Defense, has joined the Texas AFL-CIO as Deputy Director of Policy and Politics.

  Gonzalez will work with Director of Policy and Politics Emily Amps and other staff in the quest for a fair shot for working families in Texas.

The Texas AFL-CIO celebrated the historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement:
  “Working Texans believe fundamentally in equal justice under the law, but that ideal cannot be attained when broad communities are kept outside the chambers of the highest court in the land. Today’s confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as a U.S.
The Texas AFL-CIO COPE Board approved 10 new endorsements in the May 24 Democratic primary runoff election, including support of Joe Jaworski for Attorney General and Jay Kleberg for Land Commissioner.
  “In the runoffs, our members will continue to fight for candidates who will fight for working Texans,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. 
  “The 2022 elections will decide whether our state addresses bottom-of-the-barrel access to health care, protects and defends public and higher education, ends the war on t
 Primary election results signal a united Democratic coalition is prepared to fight for change on Nov.
  The Texas AFL-CIO today welcomed Texas National Guard troops who have taken the extraordinary step of joining the Texas State Employees Union (TSEU) as a way to speak up concerning unacceptable working conditions that the State of Texas has failed to acknowledge during their deployment at the Texas border.
  
  “The Texas AFL-CIO welcomes Texas National Guard troops joining the Texas State Employees Union” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.
The Texas AFL-CIO and our affiliates salute Ceole Speight, an icon in the Harris County labor movement who died Monday at age 93.
The Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention approved resolutions on voting rights, teaching the truth in classrooms, fixing the energy grid, condemning SB 8, and other matters of major concern to working families in Texas.