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Q&A on the Apprenticeship Crosswalk Program with Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez
Turnout was excellent for this type of mid-summer election — actually about 3,000 votes more than the first round of voting in May. And labor pulled out all the stops — a return to our gold-standard, grass-roots, door-knocking campaigns that were temporarily interrupted by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

You may remember the strike at Maximus Coffee Group in Houston in 2013. Late last week, we learned the remaining 279 union employees at what was once a landmark Maxwell House plant are soon going to be out of work.

Sadly, the coffee processing business in the U.S. has gone the way of many other lines of manufacturing. 

 The Texas AFL-CIO stood in solidarity with workers at the plant in the Second Ward when they walked off their jobs to protest company proposals to cut pay by nearly half, eliminate a 401(k) match and increase the cost of health care by 30 percent.

Congratulations to TWU, IBEW, IAM, NNU, AFSCME, TNG-CWA and UAW, which use up half the alphabet with several repeats in their acronyms, on an outstanding roll of organizing.
The labor movement has repeatedly done battle on the minimum wage and other fundamental labor rights with the big, powerful NRA.
Unions are not "third-party representation." They are the working people at a company who speak up together with one voice.

The U.S. Senate wisely chose not to roll back basic labor protections like the minimum wage and overtime pay for workers on Native American reservations.

Women and African Americans are more likely to be subjected to forced arbitration over workplace disputes than other groups, the Economic Policy Institute reports.