Welcome Amanda Cavazos Weems as Texas AFL-CIO Field Organizer

The Texas AFL-CIO welcomes Amanda Cavazos Weems as Field Organizer. Sister Cavazos Weems will provide an added spark to various forms of organizing.

Cavazos Weems has relevant experience from multiple perspectives. She began her labor career while working as a lifeguard at the Barton Springs Pool, where AFSCME Local 1624 signed her up as a member. She proceeded to help organize co-workers at the legendary swimming hole. In turn, the newly fortified lifeguards persuaded the Austin City Council to appropriate $400,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department to provide all temporary lifeguards a living wage of $13 an hour, with back pay.

Cavazos Weems has also participated actively in Young Active Labor Leaders (YALL), a constituency group of the Texas AFL-CIO. Among actions in which she has led and participated: solidarity work with CWA on AT&T picket lines; marching against SB 4, the "Show Me Your Papers" bill; and working in support of Austin's earned paid sick leave ordinance.

Before arriving at the Texas AFL-CIO, Cavazos Weems worked as an organizer for the Texas State Employees Union in Austin and El Paso.

"We know Amanda to be an excellent organizer who brings outstanding experience to the state labor federation," Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. "We look forward to working with her to grow the voice of working families in Texas."

Cavazos Weems said, "I'm really looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work on projects to support the labor movement. Watching the Texas AFL-CIO work to better the lives of Texans has been deeply inspiring, and I am proud to be part of the team fighting for our brothers, sisters, and siblings in the labor movement."