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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.

Jean Hervey of Dallas, a Vice President of Workers United SEIU, has won a prestigious national award recognizing her years of work raising funds to combat sickle-cell anemia.

Sister Hervey received the Addie Wyatt Award, named for the late union and civil rights leader whose long run of pioneering organizing in the Chicago meat-packing industry went hand in hand with her historic leadership in civil rights actions alongside the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pre-filing for the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature began yesterday with a new, improved mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. 

 A very strong group of bills raising wages, strengthening pensions and other workplace benefits, expanding health care and improving access to higher education were filed. Add to that several measures addressing the problem of sexual harassment.

Brothers and Sisters:

Short and sweet: Today we can build worker power at the voting booths. 

Working families have streamed to the polls – more than half our movement has already voted in many key Texas locations – and records for early voting have fallen. 

Physicists will tell you time travel - at least the variety that is popular in science fiction - is a physical impossibility. Time-jumps in politics, however, may be a different story.

The infamous Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 Jewish worshipers celebrating the Sabbath and the formal naming of a baby was an attack on all of us. The shooting took place literally in Mr. Rogers's neighborhood, aimed in pure hate at a community observing the Sabbath and engaged in prayer.
 
Like the mass murders at the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the gunman sought to undermine the freedom of religion that defines our nation.

Cruz tried to associate himself with "bonuses and pay raises" at "American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, AT&T" following passage of an atrocious tax bill. This rightly inflamed union members who noted the unionized status of all three of the companies cited by Cruz. Labor unions led the way in insisting that those companies share a piece of their bounty from the tax bill with working families.

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.