Better Pay and Benefits

Labor unions created Labor Day, now in its 125th year as a federal holiday, to celebrate the contribution that workers make to our country. Often at great risk, union members have joined together and laid their lives on the line to fight for justice and dignity in the workplace.

 

58 UNITE HERE-represented airline catering workers and their supporters were arrested on Tuesday morning after participating in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience outside of American Airlines’ new corporate headquarters.

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

The attacks on local voter power came in the form of SB 2485, a general attack on benefits, and SB 2487, which applies specifically to paid sick leave and similar policies. The bills by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, won passage on identical 18-12 votes. All Republicans present voted for the measures and all Democrats voted against.

Brothers and Sisters, Family, and Friends of Labor:

Our Brothers and Sisters at DOW are in a hard conflict with the company over their contract with the outcome unknown. We must prepare for the possibility of a strike; the company is preparing! We have been fortunate to have settled our contracts, now our Brothers and Sisters need your help. We must stock the pantry for their families from our families.

Death Star for Local Workplace Benefits; 'Bathroom Bill II'

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement in the wake of a Senate committee's approval of SB 15, which not only blocks any and all local rules that improve workplace benefits, but now paves the way for cancellation of non-discrimination ordinances:

Food Drive Continues in Solidarity With Federal Workers 

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a coalition protesting the government shutdown in front of Sen. John Cornyn’s downtown Austin office.

Focus on Fair Shot for Working Families

The Texas AFL-CIO launched a Fair Shot legislative agenda that includes both perennial wage and benefit topics and cutting-edge issues that affect a broad spectrum of working families in Texas.

An Inclusive Vision for Texas

The Texas AFL-CIO will advocate for its broadest legislative agenda in years – a Fair Shot agenda that empowers Texas working families to improve their lives.

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.