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Weekly Labor Update on the 87th Texas Legislature.
Weekly Labor Update on the 87th Texas Legislature

 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.

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.