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The labor movement owes a debt of gratitude to Representative Eddie Rodriguez and Senator-elect Sarah Eckhardt for the ways in which they each elevated the voices of working families in the special election for Senate District 14.
Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy, joined by a group of unemployed Texans on the eve of the cancellation of the $600 per week in unemployment coronavirus federal aid, pushed for the US Senate to pass the HEROES Act.
The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated M.J. Hegar on winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, calling on Texans to vote on Nov. 3 for a new national path on issues that matter to working families.

When crisis and calamity take jobs away, the market economy alone cannot provide working people the help they need to make ends meet. That is where the Texas Unemployment Insurance system comes in.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the Texas Workforce Commission's decision today to reinstate a waiver of the work search requirement for millions of Texans who have lost their jobs in the pandemic:

"We are relieved to see the Texas Workforce Commission respond to public and legislative outcry and walk back an ill-considered resumption of a hurdle to Unemployment Insurance benefits for working people whose jobs have been shut down by the coronavirus.

Today’s Supreme Court decision elevates the hopes of Dreamers who are making a difference and helping build a better future for Texas. The ruling also shines a bright light on just how wrong a path Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have set out for Texas.
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, UAW Region 8 Director Mitchell Smith, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and others penned a strong letter to the Travis County Commissioners Court this morning to slow down and review the ramifications of public subsidies for a new Tesla plant.
We are appalled over the events of a few days ago but we hold out hope. We mourn, but we believe in a better future. We “pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”
Gov. Greg Abbott should revise Texas's ill-considered, inconsistent, and largely unenforceable rules for reopening the economy.

The political arm of the Texas AFL-CIO today delivered a dual endorsement of M.J. Hegar and Royce West in the U.S. Senate race.

The Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) endorsement leaves the decision on which candidate to support in the July 14 Democratic runoff election to individual unions. The Texas AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils will not express a preference in that contest, but will work to elect the winner on Nov. 3.