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The Texas Senate approved two bills that would take away the ability of cities to improve benefits for working people.

The Texas House on Wednesday advanced HB 48 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, which would create a state database of employers who are found to have committed wage theft.

Last week, the Texas Young Active Labor Leaders (YALL) hosted their second biennial YALL Summit in Austin. Nearly 250 young labor leaders, union activists, and community allies joined together to chart the course of the labor movement in Texas and beyond.

 Today is Day 11 of the 140-day regular session of the 86thTexas Legislature.

On behalf of the Texas AFL-CIO, a federation of public and private-sector labor unions, I am here to submit oral testimony that supplements the public comments we have submitted on the proposed unemployment insurance rules relating to the so-called “gig economy last month. Specifically, we wish to object to the proposed rules for amending Chapter 815 of the Texas Administrative Code in their entirety.

Today is Day 4 of the 140-day regular session of the 86thTexas Legislature.  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of The ULLCO Sentinel. “ULLCO” is the United Labor Legislative Committee, the lobbying arm of the Texas AFL-CIO representing Texas labor unions and participating allies.

Today is Day Minus-4 of the regular session of the 86th Texas Legislature. Blastoff and the start of a 140-day clock takes place Tuesday, Jan. 8th, with the session running until Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day. 

The Texas AFL-CIO congratulates the new officers of the Coastal Bend Central Labor Council following a recent change in leadership that bears some discussion.

Kristie Veit, who among many important roles in the Texas labor movement is the daughter of former Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller, stepped aside after nearly four years as CLC President and will serve as Secretary-Treasurer with new President San Juan Garcia of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

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

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.