Better Pay and Benefits

Statement by Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy:

"If allowed to stand, today's outrageous ruling by a Fort Worth-based federal judge could eventually deprive millions of working people of a fair shot at affordable health care."

"We are ashamed that Gov. Abbott, indicted Attorney General Paxton and shadowy Texas interests that cannot abide a historic expansion of health care are undermining one of the clearest messages of the Nov. 6 election: Americans want and need affordable coverage for pre-existing conditions."

Levy: "Today's ruling shows how out of touch the 3rdCourt is with what it means to work for a living."

Employees at BookPeople, an independent bookstore in Austin, voted today to speak up together through the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 277, setting a precedent for working families seeking better livelihoods in Texas.

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.