Better Pay and Benefits

‘Keep American Airlines American!’

The Texas AFL-CIO today endorsed planned rallies led by Transport Workers Union Local 513 for airplane safety and security amid proposals by American Airlines to outsource maintenance jobs to low bidders in Mexico, South America and China.

The events are set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at DFW International Airport, Terminal D.

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.

Holiday Is Celebration of Working People, Call for ‘Fair Shot’

In response to a procedural order by the 3rdCourt of Appeals that delays implementation of Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy today issued the following statement:

The temporary restraining order holding up Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance cannot restrain the will of working people to achieve a decent policy that lets them earn the right to stay home when they or family members are sick.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and San Antonio Central Labor Council President Tom Cummings issued this joint statement in response to a 9-2 vote by the San Antonio City Council to enact an earned paid sick leave ordinance:

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.

It's no secret that the financial divide between CEOs and average worker in the U.S. has been growing. But in one case, the pay gap between corporate chiefs and employees has reached almost 6,000-to-1: Weight Watchers, where CEO Mindy Grossman earned 5,908 times what the median worker took home last year.